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DORA to continue through October and add Sunday hours

Posted July 28, 2020 in Community Events by Mary Smith

The expansion of outdoor dining and beverages in Old Hilliard will continue through the end of October as a result of an executive order extending the designated outdoor refreshment area through Saturday, Oct. 31. 

City Council initially approved legislation in May to expand the DORA boundaries in Old Hilliard and to add additional dates for the DORA in Old Hilliard. The order was initially set to expire Aug. 15. Due to the DORA’s popularity, City Council gave City Manager Michelle Crandall the authority to extend the outdoor district. 

Crandall signed the executive order extending the designated outdoor refreshment area on Tuesday. In addition to continuing the current DORA hours of 4-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, this new order allows for Sunday hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting Sunday, Aug. 2. 

“This order allows additional opportunities for the public to enjoy dining in Old Hilliard and support the City’s area businesses, while still providing additional outdoor seating areas for appropriate social distancing during this global pandemic,” Crandall said. “The DORA safely expanded dining areas in a way that allowed for social distancing at a time when state requirements for restaurants limit the number of patrons inside.”