Saturday, September 30, 2023

Eating out: Williamsburg extends outdoor dining ordinance

(WYDaily/Alexa Doiron)

Williamsburg will continue to see outdoor dining options during the coronavirus.

In a nutshell, the City Council has extended its outdoor dining ordinance.

“The City is committed to seeing a safe reopening that allows business to thrive in a new operating model,” City Manager Andrew Trivette said in a prepared statement. “These changes are important small steps that provide the opportunity for our local restaurants to serve patrons safely.”

The Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association asked the council to extend the ordinance, according to the city’s news release.

Previously, city council extended temporary outdoor seating until July 31 or until the restaurants were able to open up at full capacity.

The extension has no expatriation date save for when Gov. Ralph Northam allows all restaurants to operate as normal.

“Current restrictions for Phase 3 allow 100% of the indoor dining space to be used but physical distancing is required, which reduces capacity below 100%,” according to the city’s news release. “When the need for physical distancing has passed, this allowance will expire.”

“The City may modify or remove street closures associated with the temporary zone before indoor dining is allowed at full capacity if so desired by adjacent property and business owners,” the news release noted.

The following streets are affected by the ordinance:

• Duke of Gloucester Street, from Boundary Street to Henry Street.
• Prince George Street, from Armistead Avenue to Boundary Street.
• Prince George Street, between North Henry and North Boundary streets.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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