Mayor Linda Tyer announced several key updates to support the City of Pittsfield’s reopening including the new outdoor dining permitting process, the start of the application process for the city’s COVID-19 Economic and Relief Program, and the city’s allotment of CARES Act funding.

New outdoor dining permitting process

In Pittsfield, there is tremendous interest in utilizing our outdoor spaces, such as sidewalks and private parking lots, for outdoor dining. Today, I signed a local order that will streamline the process of setting up outdoor dining spaces and curbside pickup,” Tyer said. “As we transition into reopening, the city will continue to work with our local businesses and community partners to ensure a smooth process that’s in alignment with the state’s guidance.

For more information on the order, please visit the city’s COVID-19 page on

COVID-19 Economic Relief and Recovery Program Beginning today, the city will be accepting applications for its economic relief program that will provide financial assistance to residents, small businesses, and community organizations that are experiencing economic hardships due to COVID-19. Additionally, the program will provide emergency housing assistance to eligible homeowners and renters, stabilization funds to local businesses, job creation and retention funds, as well as assistance to local non-profits that are directly responding to the needs of residents affected by the pandemic.

For more information on this program, please visit the Department of Community
Development page on

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