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Category: COVID Outdoor dining

City of San Rafael no longer accepting Outdoor Dining Permit applications

As of August 9, 2021, the City of San Rafael is no longer accepting outdoor dining permit applications . This pilot program allowed businesses to apply for free, temporary permits to use the sidewalk or parking lane for business operations, such as seating, dining, or personal care services. Current approved permits will not be affected. … Continued

Dining Under the Lights returns 3/11 – Thurs & Fri night 4th Street closure

Dining Under the Lights is returning to downtown San Rafael every Thursday and Friday night beginning Thursday March 11! Launched in summer 2020 in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District, the City’s Dining Under the Lights program was a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support our downtown restaurants and bars by enabling … Continued

COVID Outdoor Dining in parking spaces now approved through November 2022

All current permits for COVID outdoor dining now automatically valid through November 30, 2022. City officials have approved all temporary and semi-permanent structures built in the parking lane, as a part of the current COVID Outdoor Dining program, to remain at least until November 30, 2022. The City and elected officials listened to the restaurant … Continued

Guidelines finalized for new, semi-permanent outdoor dining areas on the street

Visit the COVID Temporary Outdoor Services: Dining, Retail & Salons Webpage Building off of the criteria developed last spring for temporary on-street dining areas, the City has finalized new guidelines for restaurants in San Rafael seeking to build semi-permanent outdoor dining areas in the parking lane to expand their COVID-friendly dining. The City received feedback … Continued

Outdoor dining area beautification and Tree Planting Ceremony

The Parks Division has been busy setting up planters for the outdoor dining areas downtown and the business owners have been very pleased with all their hard work. The Parks Division has also been busy preparing for a tree planting ceremony where over 60 trees will be planted along McInnis Parkway and 30 to be … Continued

TAM Funded Outdoor Dining Areas installed on 4th Street

This past week Public Works Streets and Parks Maintenance staff installed 6 new outdoor dining areas in parking spaces in front of businesses along 4th Street. The barricades, planters, and plants were funded by TAM’s Quick Build Grant – a Measure AA funded grant program designed to aid local businesses during the pandemic by building … Continued

Parks Division keeping busy

The Parks Division has had a very busy couple of weeks. The Parks crew devised a creative solution to beautify an empty planter bed in front of Johnny Doughnuts. The Parks Division also assisted the San Rafael Police Department with the clean up of another large homeless encampment. Parks Division crew members Valente Curiel, Jorge … Continued

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