In May 2020, recognizing the crisis Connecticut’s restaurants were facing due to COVID-19, Gov. Ned Lamont wisely loosened restrictions on outdoor dining.
Expanded outdoor dining has been a great benefit to Stratford residents and restaurateurs. Diners enjoy the ambiance and increased security of eating outside. Restaurants have grown their businesses significantly and are far busier. No problems such as patrons consuming alcohol beyond outdoor dining areas or blocking access to sidewalks have been reported.