MALTA — Malta Town Supervisor Darren O’Connor signed an executive order Friday allowing bars and restaurants to have outdoor music during limited hours, as part of town efforts to help local businesses get through the coronavirus restrictions.
The order will allow restaurants, bars, breweries and other entertainment venues to have live outdoor music up until 9 p.m. — effective immediately, with the provisions of the order running through Sept. 30. The order, signed under O’Connor’s temporary emergency powers during the pandemic, waives provisions of the existing town noise ordinance that restricts amplification of outdoor music that can he heard on an adjacent property.
Malta and the rest of the Capital Region are currently in Phase 3 of the state’s recovery plan, which allows bars and restaurants to have outdoor dining with tables set at least six feet apart, but limits indoor dining to 50 percent of the establishment’s capacity. Town officials said allowing outdoor music could give a restaurant more table space indoors, in areas where musicians might otherwise be set up.
“This crisis has impacted us all, but our small businesses and restaurants are particularly vulnerable,” O’Connor said. “Where possible, government should find ways for businesses to succeed and contribute to the economy and I’m proud to have found a creative way to help these businesses.”
Councilman Tim Dunn, chairman of the Malta Economic Development Committee, said the town action came less than 48 hours after he received an inquiry from a local brewery, United Beerworks, about the provisions in the town noise ordinance.