On May 13, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds eased coronavirus based restrictions in all 99 counties.  This included salons, massage parlors, tattoo shops, restaurants and more.

While all these businesses can now open, they all still have to meet certain requirements and follow other mandates.  For restaurants, they can only be at 50% capacity.  The city of Davenport has approved a way for these restaurants to stay at 50% capacity, yet allow more people to be at the restaurant at one time.  They have opened up sidewalk dining.

The Davenport City Council approved a temporary program permitting sidewalk dining from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the downtown area, Village of East Davenport, and Hilltop Campus Village. The council stated that the program will allow patrons who do not feel comfortable dining inside an alternative option to support local businesses.

The vote was approved 9-1 with only 8th Ward Alderman Judith Lee voting no to open the sidewalk dining in all three location.

Businesses must apply, submit required documentation and pay a $10 fee before being permitted to serve patrons on the sidewalk.

This, and all the new ordinances will take effect on May 15.

For the most recent City of Davenport COVID-19 updates, visit www.davenportiowa.com/covid.

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