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City of Brea Allows Outdoor Dining as Restaurants Re-Open

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July 16, 2020
City of Brea Allows Outdoor Dining as Restaurants Re-Open
Temporary Use Permit is designed to help eateries increase capacity while also observing physical distancing
BREA, Calif. – The City of Brea is bolstering its local food and beverage industry through an emergency order that allows for a change in policies and procedures that the city has regarding temporary outdoor dining. In March 2020, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and under regulations from the State of California and the County of Orange, restaurants in Brea were no longer allowed dine-in service. Now, as outlined in the guidelines for Stage 2 of the State Governor’s 4-Stage Reopening Plan, restaurants can provide dining areas for their customers, while adhering to state and local public health regulations. Restaurants may now temporarily convert portions of adjacent parking areas, walkways, patios, common areas, sidewalks, and public rights-of-way into customer dining areas.
“This innovative approach will give restaurants and other establishments a path forward as we steadily re-open our local economy in a safe and responsible manner.  We are very grateful to the Brea City Council for offering businesses the opportunity to have the fees waived if a hardship exists,” Brea Chamber CEO, Heidi Gallegos said.
The conversions must comply with all public safety standards, such as emergency rescue, fire access, and disabled access.  Two unique and noteworthy elements included in the program are the inclusion of several self-certified options and expedited review for the rest, which is designed to help restaurants make these changes swiftly and efficiently.
There is no cost for the city’s permit, although there are requirements for insurance, accessibility, and other needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the City of Brea Community Development at (714) 990-7674. Once approved, a Temporary Use Permit for Outdoor Dining is in effect for and expires 14 days after the order is lifted in accordance with all applicable State and local health orders.
Restaurants that wish to re-open should follow the state’s industry guidance, which can be found at The guidelines also will help patrons determine if the establishment they are visiting is taking measures to protect public health.
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Crystal Sayphraraj, Adminstrative / Communications, (714) 529-3660

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