La Crosse outdoor cafes extended until Nov. 12 to boost business amid COVID-19 restrictions

Another resolution the committee approved includes revised guidelines for the cafes
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse’s Outdoor Café Program got another extension, with the new sunset date being November 12, Tuesday night to help alleviate COVID-19 restrictions’ crippling effect on restaurants and taverns.

The city’s Judiciary & Administration Committee approved a resolution to extend the program, which the Common Council enacted in July and extended in November until March 21 as the COVID scourge continued.

The resolution, which now advances to the Common Council, also enables restaurants and taverns that don’t have sidewalk cafes or outdoor eating areas to establish or expand such spaces in adjoining private parking lots, in the public street or on an adjacent property.

Another resolution the committee approved includes revised guidelines for the cafes, including diagrams for possible setups.

Any extension of the outdoor program beyond Nov. 12 would have to come before the Common Council.