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In response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with orders issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, the Board of Selectmen has announced that local restaurants can apply to amend their serving licenses to permit outdoor service of food and alcohol where it is not currently licensed. Under these orders, the Board of Selectmen acting as the Local Licensing Authority may permit an establishment that serves food that is prepared on site to serve said food and alcohol in an outdoor area approved by local authorities.

Only establishments currently licensed to prepare and sell food, and licensed to serve alcohol by the Town of Tyngsborough and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission may apply for such extensions. These changes are temporary and will expire on November 1, 2020 or when so ordered by the Commonwealth, whichever comes first. The orders change the statutory requirements for making these decisions, including the suspension of certain public hearing requirements including legal notices posted in the Lowell Sun and sent via certified mail to abutters. These changes were made to allow local authorities to make the appropriate changes in time for Phase II of the Governor’s Reopening Massachusetts Plan which allows for outdoor restaurant service. This could begin as early as June 8, though no formal date has been announced by the Governor.

The following establishments have submitted an application which can be viewed by clicking on the establishment’s name. The Board of Selectmen will meet via ZOOM on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM to consider these requests. Residents living in the area of these establishments are encouraged to participate via ZOOM to share their concerns. Details for joining can be found by visiting the Town calendar here. Residents who are unable to participate but want to share concerns or have questions can contact the Board’s Licensing Agent Colin Loiselle by email [email protected] or phone 978-743-5339.

Please note that the Board of Selectmen reserves the right to limit seating capacity and serving hours in the interest of public health and safety.

All license amendments will require an inspection by the Tyngsborough Health Agent, the Tyngsborough Fire Department, and the Tyngsborough Building Commissioner. A copy of the notice sent to licensed establishments can be found below along with additional guidance from the Commonwealth.

*As new applications are received, this post will be updated.

Read the regulations & notice to licensees here.