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Monday, March 01, 2021

波士頓市長宣佈四月一日起開放戶外用餐

(Boston Orange 編譯) 波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)31日宣佈,41日起,餐館可以在戶外供餐。

            波士頓市將延續2020年實施得頗為成功的戶外用餐試驗計畫(Outdoor Dining Pilot Program)”,讓餐館經由簡便手續申請許可,就可在餐館外的人行道,狹窄巷弄等地方,擺設露臺式的戶外用餐區。

            波士頓市將視天氣狀況來決定是否提早開始實施這戶外用餐計畫。目前預定的實施日期為41日至121日。去年獲得許可,今年有意繼續的餐館,也必須重新申請。

             申請戶外供餐的戀皆為,https://bostonopendata.knack.com/outdoor-dining#welcome/

             波士頓市府和牌照局,經濟發展辦公室,鄰里服務辦公室,以及波士頓主街合作,已舉辦過一系列的網上培訓,重新整理了申請手續導覽,協助餐館業者辦理申請。

             為協助餐館業者,波士頓市府已免除出申請費,並將持續提供辦理申請的技術援助。申請協助可發電郵到 smallbiz@boston.gov

             波士頓殘障局(Boston Disabilities Commission)也將和餐館業者密切合作,全市配送殘障坡道。

             波士頓市府的申請網站,從202012月就對外開放了,迄今共收到370份申請文件,已批准150家。

              2020年內,波士頓市共收到5502多份戶外供餐牌照申請,其中有415份是申請在公家土地上提供戶外用餐服務。

              波士頓是經濟發展辦公室在新型冠狀病毒大流行期間,經由小企業紓困基金(Small Business Relief Fund)共發出1510萬元給3700家企業,其中500萬元是直接發給將近1000家餐館業主。大約有670萬元的免償還補助,發給了1850家小企業。

              202011月時,波士頓市推出3項新基金,總共有630萬元,用於支持波士頓市內受新冠病毒打擊的餐館。為進一步協助室內小企業,波士頓市還製作了一份供應商名單,幫助企業搜尋個人防護用品(PPE),以及需要用於確保員工,顧客安全的清潔用品。

             查詢更多詳情可上市府網站boston.gov

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR DINING WILL BEGIN IN BOSTON ON APRIL 1

City of Boston to provide additional assistance to restaurants; open outdoor dining sooner if weather permits

 

BOSTON - Monday, March 1, 2021 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that in collaboration with the Boston Licensing Board and City departments, outdoor dining for restaurants in Boston will begin on April 1, 2021. The 2021 Outdoor Dining Pilot Program will continue many of the successful initiatives from last 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 businesses can apply online. A start date of April 1 is weather-dependent, and City departments are meeting regularly and observing the weather forecast to determine whether an earlier start date is possible.

 “Outdoor dining contributes to a vibrant, welcoming city, and we’ve seen the benefits outdooring has had on our neighborhoods: supporting local businesses, a safe and enjoyable experience for restaurant patrons, and an added resource for Boston’s small businesses during this challenging time,” said Mayor Walsh. “Boston has worked hard to ensure this is an accessible, streamlined process for businesses, and I look forward to the 2021 outdoor dining season starting this spring.”

 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, and the City will also be accepting applications from restaurants who did not take part in the 2020 temporary outdoor dining program. 

 The City has held a series of virtual training sessions to help businesses with the application process. Outreach to businesses on outdoor dining is a coordinated effort through the Licensing Board, Office of Economic Development, Office of Neighborhood Services, and Boston Main Streets. 

 Updated support for businesses include:

 Waived fees to reduce barriers to applying to the program including Licensing Board fees and fees for the use of the public way.

Continued technical support and additional targeted outreach to help support underrepresented restaurant owners. Businesses can get direct support by emailing smallbiz@boston.gov.

Centralized online application that allows City departments to reduce administrative load of reviewing and approving applications and increases transparency in the review process for restaurant owners

Clearer guidance and instructions that improve upon the guidance offered in 2020 (more standardized site plan, clearer language around barrier requirements, etc.)

 The Boston Disabilities Commission will also again work closely with restaurants to distribute ramps throughout the City.

 The online application went live on December 10, 2020 and to date, the City has received more than 370 applications of which more than 150 have been approved. For the 2020 temporary outdoor dining season, the Licensing Board 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.

 Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Boston has been steadfast in its commitment to supporting the small business community. To date, the Office of Economic Development has issued $15.1 million to more than 3,700 businesses, of which $5 million has been directly allocated to nearly 1,000 restaurant owners. More than $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. In November 2020, the City launched three new funds totaling $6.3 million that 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. 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. 

 Additional information on outdoor dining, and applications for businesses, is available on boston.gov.

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