Brookline announced today that it's started a pilot under which restaurants that had extended their dining areas outside can keep them open through the end of March - unlike in Boston, which ended its similar program two weeks ago.
The pilot covers restaurants that had earlier won permission to add outdoor seating even if they didn't have private patio space.
For restaurants whose outdoor spaces occupy streets, the town will provide temporary barriers to keep diners safe from traffic. Additionally, restaurants may seek temporary signage to reserve parking spaces in front of their location to support takeout operations.
The town is also allowing local businesses to advertise their wares on sandwich boards on sidewalks.