As businesses were forced to close their indoor operations to slow the spread of COVID-19, restaurants pivoted to expand their outdoor footprint. Many cities across Southern California streamlined the approval process for outdoor dining on sidewalks and parklets and in parking lots and alleys. And some have gone a step further, closing traffic lanes or entire streets to cars to create pedestrian-friendly corridors of on-street dining and shopping. These alfresco oases are often in downtown districts, providing businesses with a way to operate within health and safety guidelines while serving the community.
Tables are spread at least 6 feet apart, and diners have to follow some health and safety measures. Diners will be asked to wear a face covering when not actively eating or drinking at a table.