HUBER HEIGHTS (WDTN) – The City of Huber Heights is providing a new temporary onsite outdoor seating permit to local restaurants looking to adhere to social distancing requirements.
In a press release the city said that it understands some restaurants would seek alternatives and thought it best to allow operations to extend into areas like the sidewalk or parking lots.
“We know it’s been a heck of a struggle over the last few weeks, and we know that there are lots of issues as we’re opening back up. Lots of challenges we’re going to be faced with and we want to make sure that we’re not doing anything to impede their success,” said Mayor Jeff Gore.
The city is providing flexible outdoor operations allowances where they may not be permitted by the city code otherwise.
“We’re providing every opportunity for these restaurants and other businesses as they continue to open to maximize those opening efforts and to make sure that we, as the government, are not providing additional unnecessary restrictions to those opportunities for them,” said Rob Schommer, the City Manager of Huber Heights.
“It’s been really hard to be away from all these people that we see on a daily basis. We know our customers by name so we’re just ready to welcome them back and catch up on life together,” said Katrina Riggle, manager at The Heights Cafe.
City officials are hoping the permits help local businesses like The Heights Cafe reopen more successfully. Click here to view the plan and application.