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SoCal Cities Look To Street Closures To Expand Outdoor Seating For Restaurants




A pedestrian adjusts his facemask while walking past a closed Artisan House restaurant in Los Angeles on May 7, 2020.
A pedestrian adjusts his facemask while walking past a closed Artisan House restaurant in Los Angeles on May 7, 2020.
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Cities in Southern California are looking for new ways to expand outdoor seating options for local restaurants once dining in becomes an option again, with social distancing protocols in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

State guidelines for reopening dining rooms once cities and counties are able to relax stay-at-home orders include: providing staff with face coverings, using disposable menus, allowing for at least six feet of distance between tables, and prioritizing and potentially expanding outdoor seating. Cities like Long Beach, Palm Springs and Sierra Madre are now coming up with plans to increase outdoor seating options for restaurants -- using sidewalks, streets, parking spots and other public spaces.

Guests:

Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach; he tweets @LongBeachMayor

Geoff Kors, mayor of Palm Springs; he tweets @geoffkors