At its regular meeting on June 2, the Moreno Valley City Council approved an emergency resolution allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating in order to serve more customers while remaining in compliance with state rules allowing for limited indoor dining with physical distancing.

The resolution allows for dining areas to be added where it can be done so safely on private property, while maintaining physical-distancing rules. Restaurants with an Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) license must comply with its requirements.

The City has created a streamlined one-stop permit process online. Permit fees are waived and permits will remain in effect until the Governor lifts restrictions on inside dining.

“The state’s necessary restrictions on indoor dining make it difficult for most restaurants to do enough business to stay afloat, especially those without an outdoor option,” explained Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley. “Allowing for outdoor dining where it can safely be added keeps restaurants in compliance with state rules while helping them recover and, hopefully, thrive again.”