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Hermosa Beach City Council Extends City's COVID Outdoor Dining, Retail Program

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Hermosa Beach's outdoor dining and retail program will continue through the end of the year, city officials announced Thursday.

The Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday to extend the outdoor dining and retail program, as well as the downtown lane reconfiguration program, which creates the space for businesses to expand into public space.

Outdoor dining on the final afternoon before a 10 shut-down because of increased COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County
HERMOSA BEACH, CA - NOVEMBER 25: A masked and shielded server at The Hook & Plow, on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, CA, takes and order on the final afternoon before a 10 p.m. end to outdoor dining because of the increase in COVID-19 cases, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The decision was made after a survey showed 71% of respondents supported the continuation of the programs.

The survey also found that 62% of respondents support keeping the lane reconfiguration project permanently.

"COVID-19 challenged our local businesses and extending our lane reconfiguration and expanded outdoor dining and retail will help them recover as we refine our efforts and consider whether to carry them forward long-term," said Hermosa Beach Mayor Justin Massey.

During the pandemic, the city issued more than 60 permits for temporary outdoor dining and retail expansions and waived encroachment fees and parking requirements.

In May, the Los Angeles City Council voted to explore making its "Al Fresco" dining program permanent.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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