Open Air Seating

The City of New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits announced that it will issue temporary Sidewalk Use Permits in order to provide additional outdoor seating that is properly socially distanced.

“Early into the COVID stay-at-home order, the DDD began advocating for temporary blanket permission for restaurants to use public rights of way in order to expand seating capacity,” said DDD President & CEO Kurt Weigle. “We have heard from our stakeholders that this additional seating can make a real difference to the viability of our Downtown restaurants that must operate under current spacing requirements, so we applaud the City’s step in this direction.”

Matt Schwartz of The Domain Companies and developer of South Market District added, “Domain is encouraged by the City of New Orleans’ creative efforts to assist local businesses with reopening. It is important that we all work together to safely get Downtown New Orleans back to business.”

The City of New Orleans simultaneously announced it is temporarily suspending enforcement of off-street parking requirements for restaurants and bars with a Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) food permit.

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