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Thursday, December 10, 2020

波士頓2021年餐館戶外供餐許可 網上申請將可追蹤進展

波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)宣佈2021年戶外供餐計畫。
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                (Boston Orange )波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)(10)日宣佈,推出2021年戶外用餐試驗計畫,繼續簡化路邊戶外庭院許可的申請程序,以容許行人道狹窄的餐廳也可提供庭院座位,同時將根據社區反應來提供新功能。

                  在公家或私人物業中提供戶外餐飲的牌照,即起可上網申請https://bostonopendata.knack.com/outdoor-dining#welcome

                 2021年戶外用餐試驗計畫將在天氣許可下,從202141日開始實施至1231日止。在2020年中申請到戶外用餐許可的餐廳,若有意在2021年繼續,必須重新申請。

                 波士頓市牌照局在2020年中批准了550多張戶外用餐牌照,其中有415張是在公家土地上供餐。

                根據2020年實施計畫所得到的回饋,波士頓市府的2021年戶外用餐試驗計劃有些變動,包括:

申請網站換了,以更透明的容許企業追蹤其申請進展;

            容許申請過程有更長時間,以俾餐館為戶外用餐空間購買適當材料,安排營運計畫;

                      英語及西班牙語的在公家或私人土地上戶外共餐指南,其他語言指南者將在有要求時提供。查詢指南可上網https://www.boston.gov/2021outdoordining

                     執行作法將著重於確保領取牌照者遵守市府訂定的所有要求,以確保戶外用餐安全,愉悅。

                    在網路申請上,為要求協助或需要翻譯的餐館業主提供11協助。

                   波士頓市府將在1216日下午5點舉辦第一場協助餐館準備及遞交申請的往上會議。包名可使用以下鏈接https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dDhCJ7pbTBadsxA18rFesg。需要翻譯者,可和市府接洽,提出要求。查詢更多資訊,可洽2021outdoordining@boston.gov

                  波士頓市府的殘疾人事務委員會在2020年內購買並免費發放了大約90個輕便坡道,以協助餐館提供戶外用餐服務。該局將在2021年內繼續支援餐館。

                  波士頓市府表示,為協助小企業,在2020年內,市府透過經濟發展辦公室的小企業紓困金(Small Business Relief Fund)共發出670萬元給1850家小企業。上個月,波士頓市府又推出共有630萬元的三個新基金,用於支持市內受新冠病毒打擊的小企業,主要用於支持獲得認證的婦女及少數族裔所經營的小企業,繳付商戶租金,濟助餐館等。市府也列出一份供貨商名單,協助小企業購買保護員工及顧客安全的個人防護用品,清潔用品等

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES 2021 OUTDOOR DINING PILOT PROGRAM

 

Applications for next year's outdoor dining season now open

 

BOSTON - Thursday, December 10, 2020 - Building on Boston's ongoing commitment to supporting restaurants during COVID-19, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of an outdoor dining pilot program for the 2021 season. The 2021 Outdoor Dining Pilot Program will continue many of the successful initiatives from this year's program, such as streamlined permitting and outdoor patios on roadways that enable restaurants with narrow sidewalks to offer patio seating to patrons, while offering new features based on community feedback. Applications for outdoor dining licenses on both public and private property are now open and can be accessed here: https://bostonopendata.knack.com/outdoor-dining#welcome

 

"I'm pleased to announce an outdoor dining pilot program for the 2021 season. This year we saw the benefits outdoor dining can have on our neighborhoods: vibrant streets, support for local businesses, a safe and enjoyable experience for restaurant goers, and, in many ways, a lifeline for our small businesses during this challenging time," said Mayor Walsh. "We have appreciated the feedback from restaurants and residents, and look forward to their continued input as we develop a outdoor dining plan for next year that balances public health, our restaurants, and our residents."

 

The 2021 Outdoor Dining Pilot Program season will begin on April 1, 2021, or earlier if weather permits, and will end on December 1, 2021, weather permitting. Restaurants who took part in the 2020 temporary outdoor dining program and who wish to do so in 2021 must re-apply. We will also be accepting applications from restaurants who did not take part in the 2020 temporary outdoor dining program. For the 2020 temporary outdoor dining season, the Licensing Board for the City of Boston approved more than 550 requests for outdoor dining licenses with over 415 on public property. Of the total approved outdoor spaces, applications from every single neighborhood in the City of Boston were represented. 

 

The City has made a series of changes from the temporary 2020 program, based on feedback received from the public, including: 

  • Moving the application process to another online platform where businesses can track the status of their applications for more transparency
  • Additional time built into the process, so that restaurants can procure proper materials and plan for operations that will include an outdoor dining space 
  • Clear guidance for outdoor dining on public and private property that will be available in both English and Spanish, with other languages available upon request. The full guidance is available online, here
  • Consistent enforcement that will focus on ensuring licensees adhere to all requirements issued by the City to ensure outdoor dining is safe and enjoyable 
  • 1:1 assistance for restaurant owners who require support and/or translation of the online application 

Recognizing that each neighborhood has its own opportunities and challenges for outdoor dining, the City is also working to address the specific needs of restaurants, residents, and visitors across neighborhoods.

 

There will also be virtual application help sessions available to assist restaurants in preparing and submitting their applications. The first session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 at 5:00 pm. Registration is required, please sign up using this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dDhCJ7pbTBadsxA18rFesg. Interpretation for this session is available upon request, please contact 2021outdoordining@boston.gov for more information.  

 

This announcement builds on the work the Walsh Administration has done to support restaurants during the City's COVID-19 response. In May, the City of Boston  announced new measures to help restaurants during the ongoing public health crisis, including expanding outdoor seating, and waiving fees for outdoor space. The City also extended its outdoor dining program past the original closure date of October 31 to December 1, to further support restaurants during this time. To ensure accessibility of on-street dining during the 2020 season, the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities procured and distributed approximately 90 portable ramps to restaurants at no cost. The Commission has additional ramps available to expand this support in 2021.

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Boston has been steadfast in its commitment to supporting the small business community. Nearly $6.7 million in debt-free grants have been distributed to over 1,850 small businesses in every neighborhood across the City of Boston through the Office of Economic Development's Small Business Relief Fund. Last month, the City launched three new funds totaling $6.3 million that will support small businesses in Boston that have been affected by COVID-19, focusing on commercial rent relief, supporting certified women, minority, and veteran owned small businesses, and restaurant relief. And to further assist the City's small businesses, the City of Boston has created a list of suppliers to help businesses source the personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies required to ensure the safety of employees and customers as industries reopen. 

 

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