The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved two motions on June 8 to support permanent options for outdoor dining.
“The temporary outdoor dining program that Supervisor Hahn and I initiated last summer has been hugely successful in Los Angeles County for restaurants and customers,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District. “We should make every effort to ensure this program becomes a permanent option for eateries throughout the region. This is a valuable resource for the restaurant and hospitality industry, which was devastatingly impacted by the COVID-19 closures.”
Last summer, supervisors Barger and Janice Hahn, 4th District, co-authored a motion to direct the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Department of Regional Planning to establish a temporary outdoor dining program to fast track permits for restaurants.
The actions by the board of supervisors on June 8 will make the programs permanent in the county, allowing businesses to transition current outdoor dining into permanent spaces and to identify new locations.
One motion asked the board to support Senate Bill 314, which would streamline alcohol sales by allowing current licensees, under the emergency relief order of the Alcohol Beverage Control Department, a one-year grace period after the emergency order is lifted to apply for a permanent expansion of their license.
The other motion directs the Los Angeles County chief executive officer, in partnership with county departments, to develop guidelines for expanded outdoor dining options on sidewalks, streets and alleys.
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