The St. Charles City Council approved guidelines and requirements establishing a temporary permit process to allow expanded outdoor dining for restaurants and bars in St. Charles. The order can be viewed here.
The action followed Governor J.B Pritzker’s announcement that our area is in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. Restaurants and bars may reopen to provide outdoor dining services, while promoting recommended social distancing as part of COVID-19 health and safety measures.
A list of participating restaurants is available here and will be updated frequently.
“It’s been a trying two-and-a-half months for all of us,” said Mayor Raymond Rogina. “Let’s view Phase 3 as a stepping stone to renewal in our city.”
1st Street Offers Outdoor Dining Space
A portion of 1st Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate outdoor public seating. The closed area and the new plaza space east of 1st Street will be outfitted with picnic tables to offer a space for patrons to enjoy carry-out meals. Special thanks to the St. Charles Park District for providing the tables. The existing plaza on the west will accommodate outdoor dining for restaurants along the plaza. Access to the 1st Street parking structures will be maintained.
1st Street Outdoor Dining Concept
City Guidelines for Temporary Outdoor Dining
Highlights of the City’s temporary guidelines for expanded outdoor dining include:
- Restaurants and bars offering expanded outdoor dining must follow all requirements of the Governor’s Executive Orders, as well as requirements from state and county health agencies, and the CDC.
- Establishments may remain open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and midnight Thursday through Saturday.
- Restaurants may use up to 50 percent of their parking area for outdoor dining, while maintaining ADA compliance, and preserving adequate traffic flow, parking availability, and carry-out access. Restaurants with smaller parking lots of 25 spaces or less can use their entire parking lot as long as they provide ADA parking spaces on the street or in the immediate vicinity.
- Restaurants may use sidewalks for outdoor dining, allowing for ADA compliance and pedestrians.
- Establishments shall comply with the City’s outdoor liquor license provisions defined with the temporary outdoor dining permit.
- Except for restroom visits and take-out orders, indoor premises shall be closed for public use.