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Downtown Las Vegas restaurants can now offer sidewalk dining

The first food restaurants might open and now the city of Las Vegas is letting these restaurants spread out onto the sidewalk. Restaurants can now temporarily expand their dining areas outdoors in a confined area that spans the Arts District, Fremont East and the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

The rules apply to restaurants in the area stretching from Sahara Avenue to US 95 and I-15 to Las Vegas Boulevard, as well as a slender hike lining Fremont Street to Eastern Avenue.

Restaurants must adhere to social distancing provisions for tables as well as the sidewalk, allowing pedestrians at least six feet of space to walk. The terrace must be delimited by removable barriers. And the terrace-sidewalk cannot overlap an adjacent business by more than 50 feet. The city recommends nearby businesses coordinate their outdoor seating.

Restaurants cannot cook outside on the sidewalk and music can be played inside the restaurant, but not outside.

Businesses can also participate in the program.

Gov. Steve Sisolak allowed restaurants to reopen with dine-in service on May 9. His new directive remains in effect until May 30, when he can reopen more of the state for business. Casinos and bars remain closed.

Restaurants can only allow 50% seating with no seating in the bar area. Sisolak is encouraging reservations to reduce the number of people in a restaurant, and tables will be spaced six feet apart. He said staff will be required to wear masks and he encourages customers to do the same. Pubs, wineries, bars and breweries that serve food are allowed to reopen as long as they serve food and keep the bar closed.

The Southern Nevada Health District released a list of guidelines for restaurants choosing to reopen for dine-in service that includes similar recommendations.

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