Reopening California: Berkeley proposes plan to turn outdoor spaces into restaurant dining areas

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- Amid the coronavirus pandemic and era of social distancing and staying at home, Berkeley's mayor is moving ahead with a plan to try to help local restaurants.

The plan goes even further than ideas offered by other Bay Area cities.

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Mayor Jesse Arreguin is drafting a proposal that would allow restaurants to turn parking lots, streets, sidewalks and even public parks into outdoor dining spaces.

The plan goes before Berkeley City Council on June 2.

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San Francisco and San Jose are moving ahead with similar plans.

In San Jose, the city calls it "San Jose Al Fresco," a similar ordinance which would allow restaurants, gyms, and other retailers to do business outdoors.

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