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Columbus Extends Outdoor Dining Program For Restaurants And Bars

Mike Kapeluck, left to right, Michael Cole, and Ashley Healy have lunch outside of the The Corner Alley during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Mike Kapeluck, left to right, Michael Cole, and Ashley Healy have lunch outside of the The Corner Alley during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Cleveland.

Columbus restaurants and bars will be allowed to serve customers outdoors through November 14 under an extended pilot program.

The pilot program allows restaurants and bars to use the right-of-way for temporary outdoor on-street dining areas or expand seating into their parking lots.

The program started during the summer of 2020 and resumed in March to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The successful pilot supports the industry, our economy, and the health and well-being of our community as we continue to fight this virus,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a news release.

Twelve restaurants are currently utilizing right-of-way dining, and 24 others have dining available in their parking lots.