“Streeteries” have grown in popularity during the pandemic. Hundreds of permits have been issued by the city to allow businesses to pivot.
But in March, Philadelphia businesses spoke out on new regulations. Many said the $60,000 bond and other licensing fees would cost them too much to maintain their outdoor dining structures.
City leaders hope the proposed relaxed regulations will allow more small businesses to turn their sidewalks into cafes.
“Most restaurants couldn’t afford it. You have to have $60,000 in financial liquidity to get a $60,000 bond. I think the administration heard that and I think they’re going to come back with a zero bail, and that would be a big plus,” Councilman Allan Domb said.
The relaxed regulations for street shops already have the full support of the city council.
Currently, it is up to the administration to give final approval.
Councilor Domb says there are concerns about adding any crash barriers to prevent cars from crashing into customers.
Action News has contacted the Philadelphia Streets Department about the issue and they say they are finalizing the regulations and should have more information in the coming weeks.
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