Cape Coral city council is set to consider a plan tomorrow to allow restaurants to temporarily expand their outdoor dining areas.

If approved, restaurants would be able to utilize outdoor spaces such as parking lots to make sure tables are properly spaced out and and comply with social distancing.

“This would be a lifeline to allow us to create more room to allow our customers to eat safely. Without this, it would be difficult for us to implement social distancing without reducing the number of covers we have to a point where re-opening is not economically viable,” said one restaurant owner.

The temporary outdoor seating will have to follow guidelines laid out by the city.

Businesses must register with the city by emailing the name, location, contact information, and a description of the outdoor seating arrangements to planning@capecoral.net.

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