Birmingham business owners could face jail time if they fail to remove outdoor extensions for COVID

BIRMINGHAM (WXYZ) — “It was a shock,” said Antonino Cutraro, owner of the popular Birmingham restaurant Bella Piatti who had hoped that the city would allow businesses to keep their added outdoor areas until the middle of September or even longer.

“There’s so many people still uncomfortable to eat inside,” Cutraro told 7 Action News Thursday. “I don’t know what can we do, but they told me to take it down and I am going to take it down.”

To help businesses stay afloat during COVID restrictions, many cities allowed more than just restaurants to operate in the outdoor area, just outside their locations, which meant anything from adding tables to constructing more involved covered areas.

Some cities including Ann Arbor and Northville closed down a couple of blocks in their downtown areas to allow for the outdoor expansion.

Other cities, like Birmingham, opted to allow businesses to occupy some of the parking spots and sidewalk areas with ample space for…

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