Downtown Holland Extends Outdoor Expansion Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges faced by occupancy restrictions under the Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order, Downtown Holland launched an outdoor expansion program in June that allowed shops and restaurants to expand their operations onto the sidewalks and parking spaces. While initially set to expire on September 7, the highly successful program recently received City Council approval to be continued through December 1.

By completing a simple online application from the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Downtown Holland retailers and restaurants have the opportunity to use the sidewalk and parking spaces adjacent to their business to do additional retail sales outdoors or to set up additional tables for outdoor dining. There are currently eleven stores that have applied and were approved to use sidewalk space for retail sales and six restaurants that have applied and have been approved to use parking spaces for outdoor dining.

“The outdoor expansion program in Downtown Holland has been very popular,” said DDA Coordinator Amy Sasamoto, “Both the participating businesses and the public have enjoyed the added vibrancy that the program has provided Downtown Holland this summer. Because of this, City Council unanimously approved the program to continue through December 1, giving all our stakeholders an opportunity to continue to maximize their retail/restaurant space through the fall.”

There is no deadline for Downtown Holland businesses to apply to participate in the Outdoor Expansion Program. Interested businesses can contact the DDA at 616.355.1050 or at to receive a link to the online application.

About Downtown Holland:
Located in the heart of the City of Holland, just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan and adjacent to Hope College, Downtown Holland is a premier shopping, dining and events destination like none other. Downtown Holland features over 100 boutiques, shops, galleries, restaurants, and breweries, along with service providers, non-profit organizations, private residences and more. Downtown Holland is also home to unique cultural attractions and an award-winning farmers market. For more information and the latest Downtown Holland news and updates, visit us online at, sign up for our monthly newsletter or follow Downtown Holland on Facebook and Instagram.