Downtown Las Vegas eating places can now dine on the sidewalk
The first restaurants could be opening, and now the city of Las Vegas has these restaurants extended to the sidewalk. Restaurants can now temporarily expand their dining rooms outside of a narrow area spanning the Arts District, Fremont East, and the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
The rules apply to restaurants in the area that runs from Sahara Avenue to US 95 and I-15 to Las Vegas Boulevard, as well as a narrow hike that borders Fremont Street to Eastern Avenue.
Restaurants must adhere to social distancing rules for tables and sidewalks so that pedestrians have at least two meters to walk. The terrace must be marked with removable barriers. And the walkway terrace cannot overlap an adjacent store by more than 50 feet. The city recommends neighboring businesses coordinate their outdoor seating.
Restaurants cannot cook outside on the sidewalk, and music can be played in the restaurant but not outside.
Shops can also participate in the program.
Governor Steve Sisolak allowed the restaurants to reopen with dine-in service on May 9th. His new policy stays in place until May 30th, when he can potentially reopen more parts of the state for business. Casinos and bars will remain closed.
Restaurants can only allow a seating capacity of 50 percent with no seating in the bar area. Sisolak recommends reservations to keep the number of people in a restaurant down, and the tables will be two meters apart. He said staff must wear masks and he encourages customers to do the same. Pubs, wineries, bars and breweries that serve food are allowed to reopen as long as they serve food and keep the bar area closed.
The Southern Nevada Health District has released a list of guidelines for restaurants opting to reopen for dine-in service that includes similar recommendations.
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