Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday he is extending the city's outdoor dining program until December. It was originally set to expire Oct. 31.
This means restaurants can continue to use private outdoor spaces as well as public spaces on streets and sidewalks, Walsh said during a briefing.
“We're going to waive application fees for outdoor dining propane heaters in dining areas. You still need a permit from the fire department, the safety regulations around their use remains 100% in place. But the fee will be waived so we're trying to help our restaurants continues to take advantage of outdoor space as long as possible," Walsh said.
Restaurants will be able to use electric heaters without a permit as long as the cords don't cross the sidewalk," the mayor said.
The latest numbers: Boston reported at least 51 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total to approximately 16,245 cases in the city, Walsh said. There were two deaths over the weekend, bringing the total number of deaths to approximately 757.
The positive Covid-19 test rate in Boston is 1.6%, down from 1.7% last week but Walsh encouraged residents to continue adhering to mask and social distancing guidance to avoid a spike in numbers. Walsh said 2,700 Boston residents were tested every day on average last week, including college students.