Governor Ducey Announces Funding To Help Restaurants Expand Outdoor Seating, Protect Patrons And Staff
PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey announced an additional $1 million for a statewide program aimed at helping Arizona restaurants and other dining establishments expand outdoor seating and limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Restaurants throughout the state have expanded outdoor dining to welcome more customers while limiting the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “We want to make sure more of our hard-working local restaurants have the opportunity to do the same. Today’s funding will help restaurants purchase items like outdoor furniture and barriers so they can safely serve patrons. I’m grateful to the businesses across Arizona working to protect our communities and keep our economy moving forward.”
The funding announced today will be directed to pending applications submitted to the Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program, launched in December 2020 to support local restaurants.
Governor Ducey announced an initial investment of $1 million for the program on December 2 and an additional $2 million on January 5. The Governor also issued an Executive Order on December 2 easing red tape on outdoor dining, helping restaurants expand seating outdoors on a temporary basis.