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Posted on: May 28, 2020

City Council approves bills to temporarily ease requirements for outdoor dining

City Council has approved three bills to ease the requirements for outdoor dining spaces as the Springfield community continues its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and reopens in phases.

Anyone seeking to establish outdoor dining facilities in a private parking lot or in an open space, yard, or buffer yard should fill out this application or contact Matt Schaefer at [email protected] or 417-864-1100 to apply for a permit. There is no permit fee. 

Anyone seeking to establish outdoor dining facilities on a sidewalk in the Downtown Springfield or Commercial Street Community Improvement Districts should contact Dawne Gardner at 417-864-1863 to apply for a free encroachment permit.

“City Council recognizes the impact of these restrictions on the ability of restaurants to effectively and efficiently operate, and that making these allowances for the duration of the Mayor’s declaration of civil emergency, or any amendment thereto, reduces the negative impact of occupancy restrictions on restaurants and eases compliance with the restriction – therefore furthering the important public health goal of limiting person-to-person contact,” said Planning and Development Director Mary Lilly Smith.

City Council meetings can be viewed on Mediacom cable channels 15.1, 22 and 80 and AT&T Uverse channel 99, or viewed online at The meetings are also livestreamed on the @CityofSgf Facebook page.

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