CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico has issued an Emergency Order temporarily expanding outdoor dining to allow restaurant owners to convert existing on-street parking spaces into more outdoor dining spaces.
Businesses across the state are struggling financially due to the Coronavirus and Governor Newsome's state mandates, including the initial stay at home orders.
The use of 'parklets' will now be allowed temporarily to accommodate additional seating. A parklet is defined as a small seating area or green space created and managed by restaurant owners on or alongside a sidewalk within the area of a former roadside parking space or right-of-way temporarily approved.
City officials say parallel and diagonal parking spaces may be used, however, no ADA-accessible facilities may be eliminated.
Chico City Manager Mark Orme says the city is doing everything it can as quickly as possible to help businesses and is continuously looking into creative ways to help local businesses keep their doors open and provide services to the community.
To apply for a parklet, businesses can contact the City of Chico Public Works' Engineering Department at 879-6900.