Town moves forward with outdoor dining

Town moves forward with outdoor dining

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Town Council on Monday was set to approve an ordinance to allow outdoor dining at restaurants across town.

The measure, with some amendments, was meant to be in keeping with Gov. Gina Raimondo’s move to allow outdoor dining with restrictions. The governor’s move went into effect the same day.

Monday’s ordinance allows outdoor dining spaces with certain restrictions, including spacing of tables, reservation-only dining, eliminating shared objects, and frequent cleaning.

After some predictions last week of some poor weather to start the new normal for restaurants, this week is turning out to be fairly dry but generally cool. The big night for outdoor dining could be this Friday, May 22, with sun and a high in the upper-70s.

North Providence’s ordinance subcommittee last week made its recommendation for approval of the new ordinance, which features a number of restrictions, including on spacing of tables, proper roping off of dining spaces, a cut-off time of 10 p.m. for outdoor business to end, and no outdoor bar or entertainment, among others.

The ordinance, to be in effect at least through August, could be amended if and when Raimondo allows indoor dining.

A number of local restaurants were announcing plans to reopen seating in a limited capacity this week. Owners of Tumblesalts Café were among those saying they’re reopening to guests with measures in place. Tumblesalts also announced the purchase of a van for pizza deliveries.