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Salt Lake City loosens restrictions on businesses operating outdoors

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Salt Lake City loosens restrictions on businesses operating outdoors

By Lauren Bennett, | Posted - Jun. 11, 2020 at 7:24 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Restaurants and retail businesses in Salt Lake can now operate in outside areas, according to Mayor Erin Mendenhall's 11th Emergency Proclamation issued on Thursday.

The new proclamation allows businesses to operate outside of their regular buildings in an effort to promote the economy and allow businesses to more easily implement social distancing measures amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“We hope this change gives business owners the ability to increase their ability to serve their customers while still ensuring distancing guidelines are kept during these summer months,” Mendenhall said in a prepared statement.

Outdoor dining, retail sales or services and any other activity that would typically take place indoors can now operate outside and adjacent to a business, the proclamation states.

Multiple regulations were waived in order to implement the new changes.

Now, there is no regulation prohibiting the use of parking stalls for outdoor business or requiring a business wishing to operate outside to obtain a zoning variance — so long as the business complies with all other outdoor dining regulations.

Anyone looking for information on permits for city right of way can email

To read the full proclamation, click here.


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