The Boston Licensing Board today released new regulations that let restaurants that have permission to create patios on sidewalks and parking spaces due to Covid-19 can keep them open through at least Dec. 1 - and that restaurants with permanent patios can keep them running as long as the heaters and their patrons can hold out.
Use of sidewalk and street space for temporary patios is subject to weather - they will have to be taken up should a large enough snowstorm hit and public-works crews have to come through with plows. Restaurants have to apply for a permit to use a propane heater, but the city will waive its normal permit fees.
In the Before Times, restaurant patios in Boston were supposed to shut by Nov. 1.
The board says it will consider extensions past Dec. 1 on a case by case basis - unless it decides to extend the deadline even further across the city.
Latest outdoor-patio regulations.