Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2020-07-24T15:05:19-07:00
What is this program about?2020-08-12T14:59:45-07:00

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 reopen while allowing customers and employees to maintain the physical distance recommended by public health officials.

Will I have to wear a mask at my table?2020-08-12T15:00:18-07:00

Patrons are required to wear cloth face coverings when they are not seated at their table UNLESS they cannot remove it by themself, have difficulty breathing, or have been told not to wear one by their medical provider. Note that Children under the age of 2 (including infants) should not wear cloth face coverings and those between the ages of 2 and 8 should use them but under adult supervision.

Source: LA County Public Health [Last Updated 8/12/2020]

Will the restaurant staff have to wear masks?2020-08-12T15:00:37-07:00

Wait staff should use both a cloth face covering and a face shield while interacting with patrons who are not masked.

Source: LA County Public Health [Last Updated 8/12/2020]

What other safety guidelines are in place for outdoor dining?2020-08-12T15:01:12-07:00

Common areas and frequently touched surfaces/objects – like restrooms, tables, menus, doorknobs, and credit-card readers – must be disinfected on a regular basis.

All outdoor tables will be separated by a minimum of six feet in all directions, and communal tables are only allowed if diners can remain six feet apart.

Restaurants are required to check employees for symptoms before they can enter the workspace, using tools like questionnaires or temperature checks.

Source: LA County Public Health [Last Updated 8/12/2020]

Will I have to get my temperature checked before I’m seated?2020-08-12T15:01:33-07:00

Restaurants are not required to screen diners for high temperatures, although some may choose to do so before a patron can participate in 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.

Can I go inside the restaurant to use the restroom?2020-08-12T15:01:53-07:00

Yes, as long as you’re wearing a face covering at all times.

Source: LA County Public Health [Last Updated 8/12/2020]

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?2020-08-10T15:18:15-07:00

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 outdoors 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.