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Falls Extends Outdoor Dining Through Year’s End

Those eating at restaurants in Falls Township will be able to continue dining al fresco – should they prefer – at least through the end of 2020.

The Falls Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the provisions of its previously approved outdoor dining resolution. Originally, the resolution was approved in mid-June in response to the state’s reopening plan and limited capacity for indoor dining. The township’s resolution was set to expire 90 days following its adoption and was previously extended through Oct. 31. With the latest extension, restaurants will be able to offer outdoor dining until Dec. 31.

Officials noted that the outdoor dining extension does not necessarily pertain to alcohol sales. Falls Township does not have jurisdiction over alcohol sales and consumption.

Township attorney Mike Clarke said that each restaurant operating with a liquor license must seek approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for approval to provide alcohol outside.

“We’re just granting them the ability to have things outside,” Clarke said.

In other business, Falls Township Supervisors Chairman Jeff Dence said the board has received numerous questions about Halloween and if trick or treat festivities would be cancelled.

“We don’t cancel Halloween,” Dence said. “Everyone just needs to be safe and use good judgment on Halloween – and have fun.”

The Bucks County Health Department released guidelines earlier this month for safe trick or treating, including having kids stay outside at all times, trick or treating in small groups, social distancing as much as possible, and wearing face coverings in instances when social distancing is not possible.

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