Following a state order curtailing business operations in San Diego County, on July 7 Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will sign an executive order to provide regulatory relief to restaurants and make dining safer by encouraging outdoor operations.
The mayor’s order will waive permitting and parking requirements for the use of sidewalks and private parking lots as outdoor dining venues. Public health experts have promoted outdoor settings and physical distancing as two key tools to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to the executive order, Faulconer recently announced a plan to waive fees and fast-track permits to help businesses get back on their feet by safely increasing customer capacity. The proposed ordinance will encourage eateries and retail to transform into “streateries” and “streetail” by allowing businesses to expand onto street parking spaces, sidewalks, and parking lots.
Announced three weeks ago on June 18, the proposal will help businesses maximize outdoor space to make up for lost revenue as a result of reduced or restricted indoor capacity, as well as create more room for physical distancing. The ordinance is expected to be voted on by the City Council this month.