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 #SJAlFresco: San Jose City Relaxes Rules to Help Businesses Serve Customers Outside

Many businesses are able to reopen as Friday, June 5th, by County of Santa Clara Public Health Order.

To help businesses serve customers while adhering to social distancing protocols, the City of San Jose is temporarily relaxing existing regulations to allow the use of outdoor areas next to businesses. 

Read the Declaration signed by San Jose City Manager Dave Sykes.

Under the relaxed rules, many businesses without existing permits for outdoor operations or seating can register free of charge to expand their operations outside in privately owned outdoor areas, such as a parking lot, and use public sidewalks for temporary seating.

The temporary rules went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020 and last through December 31, 2020, unless the local emergency ends earlier or the City reinstates existing regulations.

More information and application forms are available online at There will be two separate registration forms – one for use of private property and one for use of a public sidewalk.

Businesses already operating outdoor seating/dining need not apply – their existing permitting still applies. All restaurants must follow the County guidance for operation. Restaurants must follow the County's outdoor dining guidance.  

All businesses must continue to follow all County Health Orders and social distancing protocols.