Rockville restaurants can now take advantage of an expedited permitting process that allows local eateries to temporarily create or expand outdoor spaces for dining on private property and within the city’s rights of way.

This process is intended to assist local businesses as Montgomery County enters the first phase of recovery from the COVID-19 emergency.

Instructions for how to apply and an application form for temporary outside dining area permits are available on the city’s website. There is no fee for the permit.

Existing city-approved outdoor dining areas do not require the new temporary permit, however, businesses wishing to expand their dining areas must have the permit to comply with city regulations.

Beginning the morning of Saturday, June 6, Gibbs Street will be closed between East Middle Lane and Beall Avenue, and East Montgomery Avenue between Maryland Avenue and Helen Heneghan Way, for expanded outdoor dining areas.  East Montgomery Avenue will remain open to vehicular traffic between Helen Heneghan Way and Monroe Street.