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‘L.A. Al Fresco’ Allows Restaurants to Use Sidewalks & Parking Lots

May 29, 2020 by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr

Today, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new program that allows restaurants to serve customers on sidewalks and private parking lots. The program is called L.A. Al Fresco, and may also expand to include streets in the future. 

Though restaurants are allowed to reopen for dine-in service as of today, they must also open at reduced capacity with tables spaced six feet apart or with partitions between tables. L.A. Al Fresco’s goal is to help balance that reduced capacity by allowing restaurants to move tables outside. L.A. Al Fresco only applies to restaurants in the city of Los Angeles. And yes, if you go to a restaurant that serves alcohol, you can drink in newly approved outdoor areas. 

Eligible restaurants that want to serve customers on sidewalks and private parking lots will receive immediate approval, while restaurants interested in using street parking spaces/parklets or partially or fully closed streets should contact the city. Apply and learn more here.

L.A. Al Fresco will remain in effect throughout the city’s Safer at Home order. 

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