The Vienna Town Council on March 1 unanimously agreed to extend the town’s temporary regulations on outdoor commercial activities through Sept. 1.
Council members on June 1 first passed the modified regulations in response to the pandemic. That initial approval was good for only 60 days, so the Council readopted it June 15 and then extended it again last September. The most recent approval was set to expire March 31, so the Council on March 1 extended it six more months.
Town Manager Mercury Payton will continue to have the authority to issue temporary permits for outdoor commercial activities, such as dining.
Businesses must file their requests online through the town’s Department of Planning and Zoning.
So far, 32 businesses are operating under the modified rules, said Planning and Zoning Director Cindy Petkac.
Many local restaurants have become accustomed to the loosened outdoor-dining rules, so town officials likely will have to negotiate with them on the matter once the pandemic ends, said Council member Charles Anderson.
“It will be a good problem to have,” said Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert.