City manager issues order authorizing the use of ‘parklets’ by Vancouver restaurants

Update from June 3:


Parklets are temporary outdoor dining areas located in on-street parking areas adjacent to businesses

VANCOUVER — Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes issued Emergency Order 2020-14 Friday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order will be reviewed by members of the Vancouver City Council at its next meeting Mon., June 1.

Parklets are temporary outdoor dining areas located in on-street parking areas adjacent to businesses licensed by the city of Vancouver. Restaurants may operate a parklet with a valid city-issued permit. Photo by Mike Schultz
Parklets are temporary outdoor dining areas located in on-street parking areas adjacent to businesses licensed by the city of Vancouver. Restaurants may operate a parklet with a valid city-issued permit. Photo by Mike Schultz

The order authorizes the use of “parklets” by Vancouver restaurants looking to expand seating capacity during Phase 2 and 3 of the state’s phased reopening plan through the city’s new Street Eats Program. (Clark County remains in Phase 1 at this time.)

Parklets are temporary outdoor dining areas located in on-street parking areas adjacent to businesses licensed by the city of Vancouver. Restaurants may operate a parklet with a valid city-issued permit. The emergency order, which expires July 31, also waives the permit application fee and the minimum parking requirement typically required by Vancouver Municipal Code. The city is currently accepting permit applications at www.cityofvancouver.us/sidewalkseating.

The new emergency order also lifts the city’s previous restrictions on park picnic shelters — opening picnic shelters for use to the extent allowed by the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. The new emergency order also extends the duration of several previous emergency orders as follows:

  • extends city community center closures to July 5
  • extends the suspension of on-street parking enforcement to June 30
  • extends requirements that landlords, their contractors and representatives wear personal protective equipment and adhere to physical distancing protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clark County Public Health Department when entering the interior of a rental unit or property located within the city limits to July 31
  • extends the city’s internal infection disease control policy related to physical distancing and safety protocols until the city’s state of emergency order is lifted
  • extends the city’s internal telecommuting policy until the city’s state of emergency is lifted

The full text of all city emergency orders can be viewed online at www.cityofvancouver.us/coronavirus.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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