Outdoor dining in Denver will continue through October 2021

Those who have enjoyed eating and drinking outdoors in Denver over the summer have another full year to dine al fresco on streets and sidewalks.

The city announced on Tuesday that its relaxed restrictions for expanded restaurant and bar patios will stay in place through October 2021. They were originally slated to expire at the end of October.

“We’re proud this program has been a lifeblood for expanded serving capacity to help keep Denver businesses open and their employees working,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a release. “We will work with restaurants and bars on creative models that allow them to extend this program through the cold weather months, while maintaining the strenuous protections in place to prevent COVID-19 transmission.”

To continue to take part, businesses will be able to request to extend patio expansions by three to four months to start. So far, 333 restaurants and bars have been approved in Denver to expand their patios, according to the city.

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And last week, new guidance on winter patios was released, with the city better defining indoor and outdoor dining spaces heading into winter months.

Restaurants around Denver already are starting to winterize their outdoor patios and indoor seating, too, with greenhouses, domes, yurts, igloos and more on the table as potential pandemic-friendly dining rooms.

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