TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Officials in Baltimore County said they’re speeding up the permitting process for restaurants hoping to set up outdoor table service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the county said it has put together a group of people from various agencies to expedite the permitting and approval process.

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Once approved, the businesses will be able to offer outdoor seating until January 31, 2021. Businesses with existing permits do not need to re-file.

For more information about how to file an application, click here.

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