Food booths, businesses allowed to operate 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.; all public health protocols apply
DEARBORN – “Pop-up” outdoor food businesses to accommodate Ramadan gatherings have been approved in the city – with strict health and safety guidelines and other regulatory conditions.
The initiative is intended to encourage people to celebrate Ramadan while also remaining safe and socially distant during the COVID-19 pandemic. The provisions were recommended by Mayor John O’Reilly’s administration and approved by the City Council April 13.
These pop-up businesses must partner with a brick-and-mortar location in order to open. As of April 14, per state of Michigan public health protocols, all food businesses, including the pop-ups, may operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The pop-ups must obtain the appropriate permits from the Economic and Community Development Department and the Wayne County Health Department. The application for the ECD permit can be found on the city’s website at https://cityofdearborn.org/services/permits/apply-for-permits.
Information on what documentation is needed is located on the application. Further permits may be required depending on the scope of the pop-up.
The existing businesses that the pop-ups partner with will be required to go through an outdoor service approval process established by ECD, if they have not already done so.
Diners at the pop-ups will still be required to follow all COVID-19 protocols such as wearing a mask when not seated and maintaining a six-foot distance from other parties. No more than six people can sit together at one table.
The food pop-ups will be allowed to operate until May 13 which is the end of the observation of Ramadan. During Ramadan, observant Muslims fast during daylight hours.