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City Council approves 4th of July street fair, new Phase Four guidelines

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QUINCY (WGEM) — The Quincy City Council approved another round of COVID-19 guidelines for restaurants that align with Phase Four of the Restore Illinois plan.

Mayor Kyle Moore said this extends many of the Phase Three outdoor dining guidelines into Phase Four.

He said these guidelines, which include tents, outdoor dining and drinking space and waving the noise ordinance to allow restaurants to continue operating.

"We also restored fares on Quincy transit line beginning July 7," Moore said. "We notified residents that utility shutoffs will resume in this new phase, so it will be August. So if there are individuals or businesses who have not made a payment, they need to make arrangements to do so."

Also, aldermen approved a street fair on July 4 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This will allow live entertainment and food vendors on Front Street from Broadway to Maine Street.

When asked about approving a large public gathering during the pandemic and in the middle of a local COVID-19 case surge, Mayor Kyle Moore declined to comment.

"We have laid out several plans that follow Phase Four guidelines that keep the gathering of 50 dispersed," Reopen Adams County organizer Roni Quinn said.

Quinn spoke at Monday's meeting and requested approval for the street fair.

"We encourage face masks, we are encouraging social distancing. I ask for your support for this, to give back to the community. They're wanting it, they're asking for it, and I just hope that you can support that as well," Quinn told aldermen.

The Park District has not granted a permit for use of Clat Adams Park for the event, according to the published City Council agenda.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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