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Chico to temporarily expand outdoor dining in an effort to help local businesses during shutdown

After Gov. Gavin Newsom issued for all indoor dining to close for a second time, the City of Chico is now working to temporarily expand outdoor dining to existing restaurants.

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 1:09 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2020 9:21 AM

CHICO, Calif - The City of Chico announced Wednesday it's working on a plan to temporarily expand outdoor dining due to the closure of indoor dining statewide. 

“The City of Chico is exploring any and all options to assist our local businesses in their ability to distribute goods and services,” said Mark Orme, City of Chico City Manager. “We hope to give them the tools they need to continue to serve their customers, pay employees, and keep their business operating despite these difficult times.”

This order will permit restaurants, wineries, bars, pubs, breweries, and tasting rooms to apply for a temporary use for COVID-19 which will allow these establishments to use areas like sidewalks, recreation spaces, and parking lots.

Though these establishments will have access to these common spaces, the expansion of the establishments must be adjacent to the existing business and cannot surpass the normal capacity of 100%. 

If an existing establishment sells or serves alcohol in the area of expansion, they must obtain the required Alcoholic Beverage Approval.

To apply for a temporary use in order to use a private space, business can contact the City of Chico Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 530- 879-6800. To apply for a temporary outdoor café prmit, businesses can contact the City of Chico Public Works Department at 530- 879-6900. 

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