Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Out Door Dining – HB 5271


State Representative Phil Young (D)
120th Connecticut House District

Out Door Dining – HB 5271

State Representative Phil Young (D)

120th Connecticut House District

Dear Neighbor,

House Democrats are supporting local restaurants who are still fighting to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Republicans in the House voted “no”…and Senate Republicans blocked the bill from moving forward.

H.B. 5271 extends outdoor dining provisions by an additional 13 months. When this provision was first implemented in 2020, it allowed restaurants to safely stay in business when the number of people allowed inside buildings was restricted, keeping restaurant workers employed and customers safe.

Despite resounding support from the Connecticut Restaurant Association, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and members of the public who have enjoyed having the option to dine out safely while supporting their favorite local restaurants, Republicans in the State Senate blocked the bill, delaying the final approval.

Failing to approve this bill will only create more uncertainty for restaurants still trying to recoup their losses from the pandemic. Connecticut restaurants supported healthcare workers and first responders by staying open at the height of the pandemic. Now they deserve our support.

Should you have any questions please contact me:

Rep. Phil Young

Legislative Office Building, Room 4000
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Editor’s Note: House Bill 5271 posted following this letter from Rep. Phil Young


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