Belfast City Council Unanimously Approves “Curbside Belfast” to Launch May 22
City of Belfast supports local businesses by permitting restaurants and retailers to conduct business in outdoor public spaces
At the May 19th Council Meeting, the Belfast City Council unanimously approved a Temporary Use of City Facilities and Property Policy as well as “Curbside Belfast” a Temporary Outdoor Restaurant and Retail Operation Permit. Both the new policy and new permit will begin on Friday, May 22nd (Memorial Weekend) and extend through Monday, October 12th (Indigenous Peoples’ Day).
This policy and permit will allow for both restaurants and retailers to conduct their business in public areas or adjacent property outside of their licensed footprint. This could include public parking spots, public green spaces or noncontiguous property owned by a business.
This policy is temporary, in response to the impact on economic activity due to COVID-19, and aligns with the recommendations of the Center with Disease Control and Governor Mills’ Rural Reopening Executive Order.
“This is very Belfast,” describes Mayor Eric Sanders, “As people cautiously and safely begin to reopen, we are impressed with the determination and originality of our downtown businesses, and more than willing to help assist in the careful coordination. One of the positives I’ve seen in this crisis is the City’s ability to listen to, and work with our downtown businesses, of which we are fervently proud.”
The City of Belfast began accepting applications for the temporary permit on Wednesday, May 20th. Businesses can apply to the program by completing an application and submitting via email to: email@example.com or via postal mail: Bub Fournier, Code Enforcement Officer City of Belfast 131 Church Street Belfast, Maine 04915.
“The Belfast City Council continues to demonstrate their ability to adapt quickly to support our citizens and businesses in meaningful ways during this unprecedented time,” explained City Manager, Erin Herbig, “The City of Belfast will work together with businesses to make Curbside Belfast as success despite the obstacles presented by COVID-19.”