As Michigan restaurants and bars begin to reopen their doors to their customers I want to ensure that we help our Keego Harbor establishments thrive and succeed.
Our local dining facilities are reopening with federal and state social distance guidelines that limit their indoor seating to 50% of what they normally hold.
To help our local business owners, on June 4th I issued an order that allows them to safely expand their outdoor seating to compensate for lost inside seating. They will need to apply for a permit for the increased outdoor seating at city hall, but our city planner will expedite the review. Given that the restaurants and bars meet the conditions spelled out in the attached exhibit they will be able to welcome more of us to their restaurants.
The past few months have been tough on a lot of people in our community - especially the businesses trying to get by on curb-side pickup. The hope is that this small effort will lead to a more successful reopening for the restaurants and bars that we have come to enjoy. I'd personally like to ask all of us in Keego Harbor to support our local businesses. So many of them have supported our community events over the years... now it is our time to support them.
Our Keego Harbor City Council will ratify this executive order at our June 18 meeting.