East County Magazine Reports:
By Marco Polo Cortes
October 15, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) — Restaurant owners say that outdoor dining has allowed them to survive the recent COVID-19 closures. Since August 31, restaurants in San Diego County can serve customers indoors – but only at 25% capacity. Sidewalk cafes and “parklets” can allow these struggling businesses to provide outdoor dining, but there are many misconceptions about the rules.
Various cities such as El Cajon and San Diego have made it easier to get outdoor dining permits during the public health emergency – but restaurant owners should not assume that a City permit is all they need. A parklet transforms curbside parking spaces into a place for restaurants to set up tables and serve people outside.