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Your next meal in SLC could be served at a table in the parking lot

Posted at 7:31 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 10:01:56-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued an emergency proclamation to expand the outdoor areas available for businesses to serve their patrons.

Under the proclamation, restaurants and retail stores can operate outside on their private property, private yards or adjacent city-owned property, as the city permits.

“We hope this change gives business owners the ability to increase their ability to serve their customers while still ensuring distancing guidelines are kept during these summer months,” Mayor Mendenhall said in a news release sent to FOX 13.

Currently, Salt Lake City is the only spot in the state that is at an "orange" or moderate risk level for COVID-19. Mayor Mendenhall intends to ask that the COVID-19 risk level be lowered as soon as next week, FOX 13 is told.

Business owners who are interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to serve customers in otherwise off-limits areas can email to inquire about city right-of-way permits.