Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara announced on May 25, 2020 that the City has developed Outdoor Seating Guidelines and an application process for Outdoor Sidewalk Cafes. The Guidelines and the Application can be found here: https://rockfordil.gov/preparing-for-covid-19/.
In brief, restaurant/bar owners need to complete the application, obtain the property owner’s approval, and provide a site plan and written operations plan for the City to review prior to approval. For more information on statewide reopening guidelines, see our post “Statewide Update on Business Reopening Guidelines.”
We will continue to monitor the business reopening plans both locally and at the state level and will provide updates when warranted. Please contact us with any questions you might have. We are here to help you make it through these challenging times.