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Posted on: May 28, 2020

City Manager Issues Order Allowing Temporary Outdoor Customer Service Areas in Edina

Edina, Minn., May 28, 2020 – To allow businesses to better operate during the COVID-19 pandemic when social distancing is necessary and comply with the Stay Safe MN Plan, City Manager Scott Neal has issued an order allowing businesses to temporarily create and expand commercial space. 

Under the order, a business may establish temporary drive-up or drive-thru areas; outdoor customer ordering, waiting or pick-up areas; or customer seating or service areas on property it owns or leases or on public property. Outdoor sidewalk seating is allowed to extend past the business’ storefront with the consent of the adjacent property owner. 

The temporary outdoor use may occur in parking areas or green spaces without the need for a variance if it is on property owned or leased by the business. If it is on public property, including public easements or rightof-way, the business must receive a permit from the City. All outdoor customer seating areas located on public property must comply with applicable guidelines and requirements provided by the State of Minnesota. The business is responsible for collecting and removing waste from the seating area and maintaining the area in a sanitary condition.

“The City initiated this relaxation of local regulations because we want to help Edina restaurants get restarted,” Neal said. “They are an important component of our local economy and necessary to maintaining the social fabric of our town.”

 In March, the Edina City Council declared a local Peace Time Emergency. The declaration invokes the City’s disaster plan and authorizes other appropriate community containment and mitigation strategies such as this order. 

For more information, visit or call Economic Development Manager Bill Neuendorf, 952-826- 0407 or

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