Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and City Council members today announced that the successful Dine Out Lincoln program will be extended until October 31. The program allows restaurants and other establishments to temporarily expand their business footprint into adjacent outdoor, publicly or privately-owned spaces with a streamlined application and no fee.
"We continue to look for innovative ways to provide additional support to our community businesses during the pandemic," said Mayor Gaylor Baird, "Dine Out Lincoln creates flexibility for local restaurants to expand their operations while keeping their employees and customers safe."
The program was created in May to allow businesses to serve more customers while still following the requirements of the COVID-19 Directed Health Measure (DHM).
"It's time to get out and support our local businesses by making a plan to Dine Out now," said Council member Roy Christensen. "Local restaurants are ready to safely serve you and your family. Let's help them succeed."
"Downtown is the heart of our community," said Council member Tammy Ward. "We continue to work hard to support the shops and restaurants that help make it a special place for Lincoln."
"I am pleased the Dine Out Program has provided restaurants a bright spot in these challenging times," said Council member Sändra Washington. "The extension gives these businesses a boost to stay open, even as the weather turns colder."
"Everyone can play a role in our community's recovery," said Council member Richard Meginnis. "When you shop for an item, find the local business who carries the product or service and purchase it locally instead of hitting the 'proceed to checkout' button online. Let's band together to support our local businesses."
As part of the program, an outdoor dining review team has the authority to waive or amend code requirements relating to outdoor dining. The team reviews and approves permits and can revoke them if issues arise that impact the public's safety or access. More information is available at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov on the "Business Resources" page.