Restaurants in Goleta can now open into sidewalk and private parking areas, as long as the Public Health requirements for open-air dining are met and pedestrian and vehicle circulation remain intact. The state’s new physical-distancing requirements mean less seating indoors for all restaurants, and the Goleta City Council vote on June 2 allows businesses to expand their seating capacity outside.
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The tables and chairs outdoors are being allowed without the usual permit process if they are in adjacent areas. But businesses expanding into a private parking lot must get a Temporary Use Area Expansion Permit from the city. Public Works will approve barriers that mark off the outdoor area. The self-certification process for restaurants to reopen with a COVID Prevention Plan are in California’s Dine-In Guide and also at the county’s RISE Guide, both of which are available here.
Questions can be brought to the Goleta Planning and Environmental Review Zoning Counter at (805) 961-7543. To support its businesses, Goleta has put together at its pandemic website, under the “Goleta to Go” subject line, a list of restaurants that are open.
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