Temporary Outdoor Dining May Be Here to Stay

Additional outdoor dining options implemented in the earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic may be here to stay in Dallas.

Dallas leaders have discussed making the temporary 20 foot by six-foot parklets in curbside parking spaces that were converted to outdoor seating permanent as part of a new ‘street seats’ program, NBCDFW reported.

There were 19 parklets approved in the city of Dallas during the peak of their use during the pandemic and City Tavern owner Adam Lewis was one of six to be approved for ‘street seats’ extensions.

A non-profit foundation called Better Blocks designed a prototype structure that could be approved by businesses to place in the 20 by six-foot space, the station reported.

“You can really make it your own when you can do something permanent and sink money into it rather than temporary which can go away anytime,” Lewis told NBCDFW. “I think it will really start to take off and you’ll see more businesses, hopefully just right down the street. Let’s see? Campisi’s and Beehive? Just knock it out.”

Parklet permits were to expire in July 2022, but new applications will be allowed to remain in use through at least July 2023, the outlet reported.

For more information, read more at NBCDFW here.

In other news:

  • Dallas-based Vaxxinity recently began a phase 3 trial of its COVID-“19 booster vaccine candidat. For more information, visit the Dallas Morning Newswebsite.
  • A majority of teenagers said in a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) survey that they endured insults, put-downs and other forms of emotional abuse from a parent or other adult at home duringthe height of the pandemic lockdown in 2020. Read more from NBC News here.

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