The Billings Chamber of Commerce announced last week, “With only one dissenting vote, City Council approved a resolution that will allow restaurants and bars to serve more people outdoors. The Billings Chamber, in partnership with the Yellowstone County Economic Response & Recovery Team and city staff, helped lead the way in identifying the need for this resolution and bringing it to City Council.

“As the state of Montana moves ahead into Phase II of the governor’s reopening plan, restaurants can technically increase occupancy from 50% to 75%, but many establishments are forced to remain at half capacity due to social distancing requirements. The resolution that was passed on Monday will allow establishments to seat more customers by allowing them to temporarily expand their outdoor seating areas or create new ones where alcoholic beverages can be served. This temporary ordinance passage means more economic activity, jobs, and is a step in the right direction for our return to normal.”


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