Ten Edgartown restaurants will take advantage of special outdoor dining permits as the town’s fledgling European model for the downtown business district looks to become a reality later this week.

At a meeting Monday, Edgartown selectmen approved special permits that will allow the restaurants 19 Raw, Isola, Atria, The Atlantic, Edgartown Diner, The Port Hunter, Rockfish, The Seafood Shanty, the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn and The Wharf to have expanded outdoor dining either on their property or on adjacent town land.

The special permit application was made available by the town last week and has been in the works for over two months, after town administrator James Hagerty went to work on a creative plan to expand summer food options in the pandemic.

Although the state reopened indoor dining Monday, many Island restaurants are taking a slower approach when it comes to providing service indoors. The special permits will allow restaurants to significantly expand outdoor seating through the state of emergency.

The 10 applications approved Monday will create small parklets or contiguous zones on land adjacent to the restaurants. There will be no street closures or traffic shutdowns, although a few of the restaurants will have tables on sidewalks, parking spaces or town parking lots.

Isola and 19 Raw will use three parking spaces in the parking lot behind the courthouse, while the Edgartown Diner will have a small area cordoned off in the parking lot as well, according to Mr. Hagerty.

The Atlantic will use a loading zone on lower Main street outside the restaurant and part of its property directly adjacent to the harbor. The Seafood Shanty also received approval to use property on its land near the harbor for outdoor dining.

Near the foot of Main street, The Wharf received permission to set up tables on the sidewalk and five feet into the street, which will be separated from the roadway with a metal gate and Jersey barriers.

The Port Hunter got a permit to use property on North Summer street adjacent to their loading zone, as well as a few tables on the Main street sidewalk. Rockfish, located on North Water street, will use a handicapped parking spot in front of the restaurant for seating and move the parking space closer to the curb cut.

Other restaurants, like Detente, plan to use outdoor space in Nevin Square, while the Charlotte Inn and Atria will be expanding outdoor dining on their own properties.

After two abutters voiced concerns about noise emanating from Atria’s increase in outdoor tables, selectman Arthur Smadbeck directed neighbors to work with the restaurant owners. The special permits otherwise carried unanimously with no public comment.

Mr. Hagerty said restaurants would be responsible for diners complying with mask regulations and social distancing guidelines. He also said the approvals were contingent on a second site visit of the properties.

In other business, police chief Bruce McNamee informed selectmen that the department had modified its use of force policy. The change is a clearer version of pre-existing policy that the police department has regarding the “duty to intervene,” Chief McNamee explained.

“We included some language that sort of comports with the national trend,” he said. “If one officer sees another officer committing an illegal act, where we always had that expectation here that that officer would step in, it is now clearly enumerated in our policy.”

Chief McNamee also brought to the selectmen’s attention that the department has language banning any sort of bias, including racial bias, in its policy.

Selectmen also voted to promote officer Will Bishop to sergeant. Sergeant Bishop grew up in Edgartown, according to Chief McNamee, and has worked for the department since graduating from the regional high school since 2004. After starting as a traffic officer, he has spent the past 10 years as a patrol officer, and also serves as a constable during elections.

He said there was a vacancy in the department that he wanted to fill by July 1.

“He’s sort of the heart and soul of the policing efforts that we have over here at the Edgartown police department,” Chief McNamee said.

Selectmen approved the promotion unanimously.

“He’s done a good job, and now he’s a sergeant,” selectman Margaret Serpa said. “I commend him.”