Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2020-07-24T15:05:19-07:00
What is this program about?2021-05-21T14:43:20-07:00

Paramount Al Fresco is a temporary program driven by the City of Paramount that assists local restaurants in accommodating physical distancing requirements due to COVID-19. This program streamlines City requirements and approvals for outdoor dining on sidewalks, parking lots, and the potential expansion into streets at a later date. The mission of the program aims to help restaurants stay open while allowing customers and employees to maintain their health and safety.

What are the masking requirements for restaurant customers?2021-05-21T14:53:48-07:00

On May 17, LA County published a press release confirming the County’s alignment with the State of California’s mandate for masking guidelines to stay in place until June 15, 2021. It is important to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recent announcement was not meant to eliminate current safety modifications at local and state levels, and the CDC acknowledged the importance of maintaining local protections.

Source: LA County Public Health [Last Updated 5/21/2021]

All customers…

Will be expected to wear a mask except while eating or drinking.

  • You will need to wear a mask when you line up to get food for pick-up or take-out, when you arrive for indoor or outdoor dining, or if you get up from your table for any reason during your meal.
    • Your mask must have at least two layers of tightly woven, breathable material. It must fully cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and around your nose.
  • The only exceptions are children under 2 or anyone who has been told by a doctor that they cannot wear a mask safely. Note that people with most underlying conditions (asthma, for example) can safely wear masks but if you cannot, go to the DPH mask page to learn about alternative face coverings.

Will be asked to comply with social distancing

  • If you have to line up for take-out make sure your party stays six feet from others on line and from staff.
  • If you have small children with you keep them close by, maintaining their six foot distance from other diners and staff.
  • If you plan to dine at the restaurant you will be required to follow the restaurant’s rules for placement of tables and chairs.

Should remember to practice good hand hygiene.

  • Wash and/or disinfect your hands before arriving at the restaurant, after using the restroom and again when you leave.
  • Check ahead to see if the restaurant only takes credit cards so they can practice contactless payment.

Source: LA County Public Health [Last Updated 5/21/2021]

What safety guidelines are in place for dining?2021-05-21T15:02:40-07:00

Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity with continued safety modifications. There must be 6 feet distancing between tables. Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households.

Bars that do not provide meals can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Masking always required, except when eating or drinking; drinking and eating only while seated. Tables must be at least 6 feet apart and no counter seating/service. Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households. TV viewing is permitted. No live entertainment permitted indoors. Outdoors tables can have a maximum 8 persons per table from up to 3 different households; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 8 people sit together from up to 8 different households. Live entertainment and TV viewing permitted outdoors. No counter seating/service.

Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals that do not serve meals can increase indoors capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer. No live entertainment permitted indoors. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas.

Source: LA County Public Health

Will I have to get my temperature checked before I’m seated?2021-05-21T15:04:07-07:00

Restaurants are not required to screen diners for high temperatures, although some may choose to do so before a patron can participate in indoor or outdoor dining. Please stay at home if you are feeling sick or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. For a list of potential COVID-19 symptoms, click here.

Are reservations required?2020-07-29T13:27:50-07:00

Restaurants may require reservations to manage capacity mandates. Please call ahead to inquire about a restaurant’s policies.

How many people can I bring with me?2020-07-29T13:27:38-07:00

Restaurants may limit the number of people per party. Please call ahead to inquire about a restaurant’s policies.

How long will the program last?2020-07-29T13:27:24-07:00

This program will continue into the foreseeable future as COVID-19 continues to limit restaurant dining capacity. Continue to check this website for any updates.

How can my business participate in this program?2020-07-29T13:26:52-07:00

Visit the City website to learn more about program requirements and how to apply.

I’m a business owner, can I make outdoor seating permanent?2020-08-10T15:17:21-07:00

Most restaurants have the opportunity to apply for a conditional use permit (CUP) for limited outdoor seating. Please contact the Planning Department at 562-220-2036 and speak with a city planner about available options. With more interest, the City Council may also wish to update City regulations in the future to expand permanent outdoor seating opportunities.

What do I do if my business already has approved outdoor seating?2021-05-21T15:05:57-07:00

If your business already has City approved outdoor seating, you don’t need to apply for Paramount Al Fresco. You are welcome to continue serving as long as you meet the updated County and State health guidelines.

Are food trucks eligible for Paramount Al Fresco?2020-08-10T15:18:35-07:00

No, food trucks are not included in the program. Only traditional restaurants (fixed location) can apply.