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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Modesto OpenAir Initiative

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The City of Modesto recognizes the challenges facing businesses during this time. On July 1 Governor Newsom ordered all dine in restaurants to immediately cease and desist serving customers indoors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To that end, the City has worked with urgency to formally allow our small business owners to stay open, while remaining compliant with all local, state, and federal requirements.

Beginning on Monday, July 20 Modesto’s OpenAir program will temporarily replace existing encroachment policies, eliminate fees, and expedite restaurant applications to expand seating outdoors on Public Rights of Way (ROW) or on private property.

While city staff learn to adapt to smaller budgets and accept additional workloads—staff is committed to service, and will review applications within three (3) businesses days from submission. This initiative is subject to change, and expires when the local emergency declaration is lifted or if stricter shelter in place orders become effective.

Businesses wishing to participate in the OpenAir initiative need to complete and submit an OpenAir Application.   

The OpenAir Program Guidelines and Procedures document provides orientation to the program and the process for participating successfully.

After submitting your program application, you will be asked to sign and submit the OpenAir Program Indemnification Agreement.

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