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Village of Lancaster extends outdoor dining for those without permit

Businesses must continue to comply with restrictions, including seating capacity and hours of operation.

LANCASTER, N.Y. — The Village of Lancaster on Saturday extended the suspension of permit requirement for outdoor dining in the village.

Village Mayor William Schroeder had previously announced that establishments in the village that do not have the permit for outdoor dining will not be punished for partaking in outdoor service.

Owners usually have to get a special permit from the village, but for now that's suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Code enforcement is still checking restaurants to make sure that they comply with all state, county and village guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing.

Mayor Schroeder said businesses must comply with the following restrictions:

  • No live music or sound produced through electronic speakers
  • Hours of operation should be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • People should be seated to properly use outdoor dining
  • No bar for the service of alcohol is permitted
  • Capacity of an outdoor facility should be limited to 20 seated patrons.