Chandler City Council to discuss ways to increase capacity at restaurants during COVID-19 pandemic

Chandler City Council will discuss Oct. 12 a way to help struggling restaurants increase their capacity. (Alexa D’Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chandler City Council will discuss at a study session Oct. 12 a possible way for restaurants to serve more customers in the city.

City staff is recommending that council pass and adopt a resolution that would authorize the city manager, or a designee, to approve applications and waive fees for temporary or permanent extension of premises for alcohol consumption and to waive time limits for temporary sales and promotional events during the coronavirus pandemic, according to council agenda.

Maricopa County restaurants are still under capacity restrictions set by Gov. Doug Ducey as part of the state’s plan to safely open businesses during COVID-19. According to the agenda document, the limited capacity—50% of the restaurant’s capacity—has put enough of a strain on business owners now that staff costs could outweigh revenue brought in.

The idea was born out of a partnership between the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and the city, according to the agenda item.

The resolution would allow restaurants to provide additional capacity for restaurants by allowing them to create patio space within the parking lot in front of their establishments, whether on private property or in on-street parking.

According to Chandler officials, other cities in the state, such as Prescott, have adopted similar resolutions.

Chandler City Council is expected to vote on the item Oct. 15.

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