City Issues Emergency Order for Outdoor Dining

Press Release

Press Release - City of Elk Grove Issues Emergency Order to Expand Outdoor Dining Spaces

Posted: 05/21/2020

To support local restaurants and the safe return of dining out, the City of Elk Grove issued a local emergency order today that provides businesses an opportunity to temporarily add or expand outdoor dining areas.

 The City issued the local order ahead of the release of a new County Health Order expected to permit the return of sit-down dining. Restaurants interested in adding new outdoor dining spaces or expanding their existing space within the public right of way can submit a no-cost application to the City’s Public Works Department with a plan for how they will lay out a space that accommodates customers and meets social distancing guidelines. Businesses desiring to increase outdoor dining opportunities within privately owned property can do so without a City permit, as long as they abide by the requirements of the program.

 “It’s important to do whatever we can to support our local businesses and protect the health and safety of the community,” said Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly. “Social distancing measures require restaurants to reduce their indoor dining capacities – in some cases by half what they would normally accommodate. New opportunities to temporarily add or expand outdoor dining areas on public and private properties provides more space for socially distanced dining and reduced wait times for customers.”

 Conditions for the program include the following:

  • Dining areas cannot block vehicle or pedestrian traffic or impede ADA access.
  • Temporary fencing not exceeding three (3) feet tall must be placed around the area.
  • Dining tables must be placed to allow six-foot (6’-0”) social distancing between groups of customers. Customers in the same household dining together are counted as one group.
  • Unless hours of operation are expressly extended or restricted by the permit, hours of operation for outdoor uses shall coincide with their normal hours of operation.
  • Amplified sound is not allowed.
  • Temporary signage can be used to designate the use of public property for outdoor dining.
  • Restaurants must comply with all applicable State and County laws and regulations pertaining to outdoor dining (including but not limited to sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages) under this provision.

 This program is available until the local emergency is terminated. Businesses that use public property under this permitting program must return the property to its original condition upon conclusion of their use.

 To view the full local emergency order, download a copy of the Public Works application, or to access additional resources for assisting Elk Grove businesses during the pandemic, visit the City’s website at

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