CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg says Charleston restaurants will be able to offer outdoor dining on their own property without a permit.
He made the announcement at a Friday news conference, adding that restaurants would need to apply for a permit to serve patrons on city property. He said he also plans to form a task force with restaurant owners.
Tecklenburg asked residents to prevent large gatherings as restaurants reopen.
Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds said the last thing he wants to do is to cite or shut down a restaurant.
Charleston City Council approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday that would allow area restaurant owners to apply for temporary use of additional areas, such as private property and public sidewalks for outdoor dining.
Representatives from Charming Inns, Circa 1886, Rodney Scott’s BBQ, the Hall Management Group, Home Team BBQ and Charleston Crab House joined the mayor at the news conference at the Charleston Crab House.