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Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion

CONTACT:        Geoff Ware, Code Compliance Manager, gware@toaks.org; 805.449.2305

                           Melissa Hurtado, Media Liaison, mhurtado@toaks.org; 805.449.2117

        Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Thousand Oaks City Council adopted a Resolution authorizing City Manager Andrew Powers to develop rules and procedures that will provide support to small businesses through a variety of channels.

The City has temporarily waived code requirements allowing restaurants to expand their footprint to create additional capacity for social distancing. The modifications may include, but are not limited to, occupying adjacent walkways, common areas within shopping center parking spaces, and city rights-of-way, such as sidewalks.

“Maintaining social distancing standards means that most restaurants will have to limit the number of people they will have inside their establishments. With this limited capacity, the loss of revenue could be detrimental to their viability” said Mayor Al Adam. “The City wants to work with these restaurants to help them find ways to increase their seating capacity and ultimately their revenue”.

City staff has proactively been working with various shopping centers to look at parking lots and walkways as potential dining locations on their properties and will look at public sidewalks on a case by case basis. Restaurants must first register with the County of Ventura at www.vcreopen.com and then complete a short, no-fee application with the City at www.toaks.org/reopen. Once a restaurant submits this form, the City will contact them for an analysis of their property.

In addition to the code modifications, City Council approved a contribution of $20,000 to the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Small Business Relief Fund. Monies from this fund will be distributed to businesses of 25 employees or less in the Conejo Valley. The fund is possible through donations from local organizations and individuals.

City Manager Andrew Powers said, “Businesses are doing everything possible to invest in a safe reopening. This includes expenses on additional equipment and training. The relief fund is only possible through contributions from generous individuals and organizations. I challenge everyone in Thousand Oaks to think about each dollar that they spend and the impact that dollar can have in the community. Whether or not you can contribute to the relief fund, we can all do our part by shopping and dining locally”.

Donations to the Small Business Relief Fund can be made at www.conejochamber.org.

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