By Bay City News Service
A bill to help restaurants recover from pandemic losses is on its way to the governor’s desk.
Senate Proposal 314 would give businesses with expanded outdoor dining space a one-year deadline to apply for a permanent expansion, according to bill author, Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. The partner legislation of the Assembly is enacted by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Woodland Hills.
“Outdoor dining has become part of our lifestyle in cities and towns across California,” Wiener said in a press release Friday from his office. “SB 314 will keep this popular practice in place. It will also help our small businesses recover from COVID-19, which has especially ruined our hospitality industry. ”
According to the publication, the one-year grace period begins after the emergency order has been repealed to apply for a permanent extension, which allows significantly expanded outdoor restaurant / bar seating with alcohol service, for example on streets, parking lots, alleys or sidewalks.
The legislation would also streamline the state’s alcohol licensing process by rising to 36, from the current maximum of 24, the number of times businesses can use a catering license in a single location.
Wiener said his bill passed the House and Senate by unanimity.
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