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Outdoor Dining Season Extended In Boston

Guests eat in the shade outside James Hook & Co on Atlantic Avenue, Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Guests eat in the shade outside James Hook & Co on Atlantic Avenue, Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Outdoor dining on city sidewalks and streets in Boston will be allowed to continue until at least Dec. 1, if the weather cooperates, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday.

The outdoor dining season was permitted as a lifeline for restaurants struggling to service patrons when indoor dining was still prohibited, and was due to expire on Oct. 31. Though indoor dining is now allowed again, outdoor eating has remained a popular option.

"Restaurants in our neighborhoods represent our culture, community, and innovation," Walsh said. "Restaurants have faced incredible challenges during this ongoing public health crisis, and the City of Boston is committed to helping them survive and succeed, including by giving restaurants more flexibility around outdoor dining."

The extension applies to dining on both public and private property. The temporary outdoor dining program on private property that does not extend to public sidewalks or parking lanes has been extended for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Request for further extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, according to City Hall, and application fees for outdoor propane heaters will be waived.

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