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City of Quincy announces proposed guidelines for outdoor dining

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QUINCY (WGEM) — Following Gov. Pritzker’s updates to the Restore Illinois plan that will allow bars and restaurants to open for outdoor seating, beginning May 29, Quincy city officials have announced proposed guidelines for outdoor dining.

Quincy City Council will be voting on guidelines at the May 26 council meeting.

The City of Quincy also expects the State of Illinois to issue guidance in the next few days and the City will modify its guidelines to reflect the State’s requirements.

City officials stated, we also know a lot of planning needs to be done to prepare establishments to increase service in a safe and responsible manner on May 29. Under the guidelines that will be considered by the City Council food and drink establishments will be able to:

  1. Utilize beer gardens for service as long as indoor seating is removed or made inaccessible.
  2. Provide outdoor dining on sidewalks including placing tables at locations not adjacent to their property, provided written approval from neighboring property owners has been obtained.
  3. Public streets, alleys and parking lots may be closed to provide more spacing. Requests should be made through the City Council. Requests will need to be submitted by Friday at 9 a.m. to be placed on the following week’s City Council Agenda.
  4. Tents will be permitted as long as the temporary structure requirements are followed. Questions may be directed to the Inspection Department by calling 217-228-4515
  5. No live music will be permitted and recorded music must end at 10 p.m.
  6. Establishments will be able to provide service during usual business hours.

Final guidelines and recommendations will be released after they are approved by the Quincy City Council.

Questions or follow up appointments can be made by calling the Mayor’s office at 217-228-4545.

Temporary Structure Permit:

  • Temporary structures may be erected for a period of 180 days or shorter.
  • Tents having an area of 200 square feet or less are exempt from the requirements.
  • A site and floor plan are required for tents with an occupant load of 50 or more occupants, showing means of egress, seating arrangement and type of heating and electrical equipment.
  • Tents shall not be located within 20 feet of lot lines, buildings, other tents, canopies or membrane structures, parked vehicles or internal combustion engines. 
  • Exception:  separation distance between tents not used for cooking is not required when the aggregate floor area does not exceed 15,000 square feet.
  • Exception:  separation from buildings and lot lines is not required when the following conditions are met:
    • The aggregate floor area shall not exceed 10,000 s.f.;
    • The aggregate floor area of the building in combination with the tent shall not exceed the allowable floor area indicated in the International Building Code
    • Required means of egress provisions are provided for both the building and the tent, including travel distances;
    • Fire apparatus access roads are provided
  • Anchorage is required by way of ropes, braces and anchors sufficient to withstand the elements of weather and prevent against collapsing.
  • Exits shall be spaced at approximately equal intervals around the perimeter of the tent, and shall be located such that all points are 100 feet or less from an exit
  • Tents shall have at least one exit and not less than the number of exits required by Table 2403.12.2
  • Exit openings from tents shall remain open unless covered by a flame-resistant curtain
  • Exit doors shall swing in the direction of egress travel
  • Exit signs shall be installed at required doorways when the exit serves an occupant load of 50 or more, and shall be self-luminous or internally-illuminated
  • Means of egress shall be illuminated with light having an intensity of not less than one footcandle  at floor level
  • Means of egress shall not be obstructed by guy wires, ropes or other support members.
  • Tents shall be of a material which meets the flame propogation criteria of NFPA 701
  • Hay, straw or similar combustible material shall not be located within any tent.
  • Open flames shall not be permitted inside or located within 20 feet of any tent.
  • Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided in accordance with §906 of the International Fire Code

Jim Roberts

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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