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Newport Beach may allow businesses to more easily take it outside during coronavirus reopening

Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, Calif. — Hillary Davis Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, Calif.

May 23-- May 23--Newport Beach is considering regulatory relief for local businesses to spread out in order to meet physical- distancing standards as they return after two months of pandemic lockdown.

The City Council will consider approving on Tuesday what it calls the Fast Track Back to Business Initiative, an emergency permit waiver that would allow businesses and religious institutions to temporarily expand into parking lots, sidewalks or public property to maintain their usual occupancy.

The permit will allow for the waiver of parking spaces and reconfiguration of parking and circulation areas to accommodate curbside pickup, takeout windows and expanded outdoor dining. The ordinance would also allow for the extended duration of advertising banner permits.

The permits would expire 14 days after the city 's pandemic- related emergency order is terminated or repealed.

The council will also review the fiscal year 2021 budget, which could see a revenue hole of more than $30 million from the pandemic 's economic impacts. The next fiscal year starts in July, and the council plans to approve a budget in early June.

Tuesday 's meeting starts at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the city website and the NBTV cable television channel. To watch the meeting online or for information on how to participate remotely, visit


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