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Expanded Patio Space Permit

When Minnesota bars and restaurants reopen June 1, seating will be limited to outdoors and no more than 50 patrons at a time to accommodate social distancing.

To help local bars, restaurants, and cafes the Bemidji area, local partner agencies of the Bemidji Alliance, as well as the City of Bemidji officials, are working together to prepare a plan of how we can extend patio space into the street and/or parking areas.

If you are a business looking to expand your outdoor seating, please complete and submit this FORM to the City of Bemidji Clerk.

We also ask that you contact us so that we can best support your business as we continue to draft solutions to accommodate extending your available seating. For questions or for more information:

Note: In order for alcohol to be served in an expanded patio, state rules require cities to hold public hearings before amending liquor licenses for bars and restaurants. If you wish to serve alcohol as part of your extended patio plan, please contact your insurance provider for proof of additional coverage and submit with the plan.

In addition to liquor licensing rules, the state will also require businesses to keep at least 6 feet of distance between outdoor tables and limit each table to four people (or 6 in the case of a family) and take reservations.