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As the state of Illinois moves into Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan Friday, outdoor dining options are set to begin in Bloomington-Normal with new guidelines underway for restaurants and bars. 

Restaurants can move forward with reopening and outdoor dining Friday after receiving approval from local authorities to do so. 

Applications to reopen are available at the town clerk’s office which business owners must sign and return before opening outdoor dining areas. 

Rules for the outdoor dining areas include, but are not limited to: no smoking permitted, indoor restroom access to customers with an accessible route from outdoor areas to restrooms, appropriate spacing for waiting and open alcohol may not leave dining areas.

ADA accessibility and accessible parking must be provided as well. 

Outdoor dining areas will close at 10 p.m. in Normal while areas in Bloomington will close at 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at midnight Friday and Saturday. 

Music may be played in the Bloomington area until 10 p.m. as long as it does not violate the City of Bloomington’s noise ordinance and does not disturb neighboring residences or businesses. 

Uptown Normal’s on-street parking spaces were reconstructed into 10-minute curbside pick-up spots and dining spaces with picnic tables as these restaurants reopen under the guidelines. 

To help with the renovation, parking was banned at 2 a.m. Friday. Officials said in a statement that picnic tables were made available for use at noon. 

Officials are asking drivers to take extra precautions during this time as Uptown roads remain open. Parking in the Uptown State and College Avenue parking decks will be free while the picnic tables are in place. 

These Bloomington-Normal changes are to remain in effect until June 30.

KELLIE FOY is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at vidette_kafoy1@ilstu.edu  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 


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