CUMBERLAND – The Town Council on Wednesday was set to consider extending temporary outdoor service at local restaurants beyond Oct. 31.
The council on May 24 approved a new resolution extending temporary outdoor service through Oct. 31, or beyond the end of the warm season.
Mayor Jeff Mutter said prior to Wednesday’s meeting that he remains in favor of the arrangement as long as it can be managed and restaurants continue to deal with obstacles in appropriate ways as they have done.
Mutter said he’s in favor of the resolution being in effect “as long as the pandemic is around,” as it’s beneficial to business, which is why he had Solicitor Kelley Morris Salvatore draft an extension.
“I’m all-in on that,” he said.
The town streamlined the process and set clear expectations, said Mutter.
“There have been no real issues,” he said.
The draft document on Wednesday’s docket didn’t have a date for when the rules will be extended to.
The spring resolution, with certain restrictions related to operation attached, allows establishments to operate outdoors at 100 percent of their indoor capacity under certain circumstances.