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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Outdoor Dining & Retail, City Council Recap, & More

Posted on June 5, 2020

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This week, we worked with various City departments to create a free and automatic temporary encroachment permit that will allow businesses to use the sidewalk or plaza space in front of their business for outdoor dining or retail. Next week we plan to offer businesses the option to use parking spaces in front of their businesses as an additional outdoor dining location option.  

In addition, we’re building a crowd-sourced restaurant map so diners can easily find who’s open, for what service, all in one place. Restaurants can add their location, website, open hours, and whether they are open for pickupdelivery, or outdoor dining. Stay tuned! 

Lastly, as of today, we’ve received submissions from the following restaurants and retailers who have applied for outdoor dining and retail: 

  • Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria 
  • Extreme Pizza 
  • Gaspare’s Pizzeria Ristorante Bar 
  • Los Moles 
  • Mayflower Pub 
  • Sling-it Lacrosse 
  • The Kitchen Table 
  • Tenkyu Japanese Restaurant 
  • Tam Commons Tap Room & Kitchen 
  • Vin Antico 
  • Whipper Snapper 

Don’t forget! If you’re planning to shop or dine out, please always remember to wear your face covering and maintain 6-feet from others whenever possible. Also, please only dine with members of your household and comply with the protocols put in place by the business.  

Phase 2 of Reopening Expands 

Phase 2 of sequencial reopening continues with the allowance of outdoor faith-based and cultural ceremonies to proceed. Religious and cultural services will be permitted for groups of less than 100 people; participants must continue to follow physical distancing and face covering guidelines. Additional requirements include signage and seating guidance, restroom access, and sanitation procedures. 



City Council Meeting Recap 

During the City Council Meeting on Monday evening the City Council granted the City Manager authority to implement temporary changes to the municipal code to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic with more outdoor dining and retail options. Also on Monday night an appeal of an approved 7-unit multi-family residential building at 104 Shaver Street was rejected. If you missed the meeting, jump on our YouTube Channel to watch it.  

San Rafael Libraries Kick-off Curbside Services 

The Downtown and Pickleweed library opened Wednesday for curbside pickup. Staff were happy to see many residents taking advantage of this service. Appointments are required for curbside pick-up (but not just to return materials), so make yours today! 

To make an appointment: 

  • Call 415-485-3323 for Downtown or 415-485-3483 for Pickleweed during open hours 
  • You can place items on hold using our online catalog 
  • When you get an email notification informing you that your holds are ready for pick-up, call to make an appointment. 

For your safety and ours, staff will not engage with patrons face-to-face except to place checked-out materials on a table. All patrons must wear a face covering. 

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