Due to balmy summer temperatures, the municipality of Groningen has granted permission to outdoor dining and drinking spaces in the city to remain open longer on Monday night.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that businesses without a terrace permit can also take advantage of the warm weather, as long as their outdoor seating does not impede (pedestrian) traffic. The municipality also made a warm weather exception last June.
When the weather is exceptionally warm – namely days when the afternoon high is predicted to exceed 27 degrees – the municipality can decide to allow terraces to operate extended hours. Given the predicted high temperatures through Wednesday, the extended hours are likely to be applied on Tuesday evening as well.
While the bars and cafes can remain open longer, there are some rules they have to observe: terraces in the city centre can remain open until 3, but establishments outside the centre have to close at 2 a.m. Bars and cafes along waterways cannot remain open later than midnight. Businesses can also open their terraces earlier than normal, starting at 11 a.m., and they can place more outdoor seating than normal.