CLINTON TOWNSHIP – As Governor Whitmer eases the restrictions on businesses, municipalities like Clinton Township are taking advantage of a Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) decision that helps boost the safe reopening of bars and restaurants.
On May 19, the MLCC announced it is streamlining the licensing process for outdoor service to customers, provided that social distancing guidelines are observed. As a result, at their June 1 meeting, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed Ordinance 828, which allows for the review and approval of temporary outdoor restaurant seating during a crisis such as the present pandemic.
“We think this will help boost the reopening of those restaurants and bars that have the ability to expand outdoors, but we must still take every precaution necessary to protect Township residents,” said Supervisor Bob Cannon. “Our local restaurants are struggling, and if appropriate, allowing for extra seating areas outdoors, on sidewalks or where there is space, will help economically and encourage social distancing, which the Governor is still advocating,” he said.
Cannon went on to say that the in developing Ordinance 828, the Board received input from various departments such as Planning, Building Fire and Police to set conditions on approving requests from businesses.
Applications, along with seating plans, can be submitted in writing to the Township Clerk. Call 586-286-9422 for more information.