Alexandria, VA

The Alexandria City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to further ease outdoor restrictions for restaurants, retail stores and health and fitness businesses.

Participants will be allowed to set up outdoor dining in parking spaces outside of their establishments, according to a staff report that Council will review at its monthly legislative meeting.

“The Old Town Business and Professional Association (OTBA) will coordinate the designation of parking spaces for outdoor dining use and communicate that to Planning & Zoning,” notes the report. “Participants must comply with modified guidelines of the Parklet Program, including the location of parking spaces for outdoor dining away from corners or on streets with a high traffic volume.”

Live entertainment is still not permitted.

If approved, the expanded rules would be in effect until March 31, 2021.

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