LA City Council seeks to make COVID-19 Al Fresco Dining Program permanent

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday took a major step toward making the COVID-19 “al fresco” outdoor dining program permanent, with a vote instructing the Department of City Planning to draft an executive order that would keep the program intact.

The program, which launched in May 2020 to help restaurants serve guests safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, streamlines requirements and approvals across multiple city departments for outdoor dining on sidewalks, parking lots and streets. The city council voted last year to have reports drawn up on the possibility of making the program permanent, while following the rules of the Disability Americans Act.

Mayor Eric Garcetti signaled his support for making the program permanent during his State of City speech last April.

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