Ahead of a set reopening date, the city of Denver announced on Monday that restaurants and bars could submit proposals to operate outdoors in parking lots, sidewalks, and streets.

Once approved, the new outdoor dining areas will be open until at least September 7, according to a city press release.

“Entrepreneurs need time to prepare to reopen, and we want to set them up for success once dinner is back,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in the press release. “We also want to ensure that employees and customers can safely return to these companies at this point.”

During a press conference on Monday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis reiterated his commitment to a nationwide move towards alfresco dining.

“The state will forego all the rules and regulations we can, including serving beer and wine on the street, anything else that gets in the way of restaurants, but of course it is the cities that control them,” Polis said . “If cities value having restaurants and keeping them in business as part of their quality of life, it is really important that they open their sidewalks, parking lots and / or streets to have that capacity over the next few weeks because restaurants can just do it. “t stay in business with a quarter or half capacity. “

Denver’s Restaurant and Bar Suggestion website asks business owners to describe their expansion plans along with a drawing of the temporary new patio areas.

Polis also said Monday that it would provide further guidance on restaurant reopening by Tuesday, a week before its original May 25 deadline.

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