Should there be more restrictions on restaurants’ emergency use of sidewalks and other public spaces for outdoor dining?

DINING LANE: north, on Fountain Street in Providence, is among many restaurants in the city using public space for outdoor seating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant and neighboring Murphy's Pub have set up tables in a bike lane. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Sidewalks and other public spaces are becoming more crowded in some downtown areas across the state, as restaurants increasingly add outdoor seating under emergency rules approved last year. Providence in May 2020 announced a temporary easing of licensing for outdoor dining to allow restaurants to creatively use public spaces, including sidewalks. But as more people…

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