The Lancaster City Council has approved an updated “Dine Out Lancaster” outdoor dining program, making it easier for Lancaster restaurants to implement outdoor dining and comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The revised Dine Out Lancaster program grants permission for all Lancaster restaurants seeking to implement outdoor dining on private property can do so without a permit from the City. Restaurants seeking to implement outdoor dining on public property (such as sidewalks or “parklets”) can now apply for a free Dine Out Lancaster permit, which will also serve as an encroachment permit, and can expect to have the permit issued within one business day. 

“I’m proud that as a city we are finding new ways to help small businesses, like restaurants, operate as best they can while taking the proper precautions. Since the beginning of July, we have been able to help restaurants keep staff employed and even hire additional staff,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Lancaster is dedicated to supporting our local small businesses and working to make it through this crisis together as a community.” Details at