The Corte Madera City Council has prolonged an urgency ordinance permitting gyms, eating places and retailers to function outside.
The ordinance, permitted unanimously on Tuesday, will permit enterprise homeowners to make use of public areas similar to sidewalks and parking heaps via December 2022. The ordinance was first permitted in 2020 on the top of the coronavirus pandemic to permit companies to proceed serving prospects when indoor operations had been prohibited.
That is the second time the ordinance has been prolonged, and members of the council mentioned they had been leaning towards supporting a everlasting ordinance sooner or later.
Councilman Charles Lee mentioned if a everlasting ordinance can be proposed, he would really like employees to incorporate gyms within the combine “as a result of I extremely prioritize exercises and wholesome existence on this group extra than simply one other place to park an SUV.”
Planning Director Adam Wolff mentioned 10 permits for out of doors enterprise have been permitted via the prevailing ordinance, together with Zinz Wine Bar, Burmatown and the Lark Theater, which has been utilizing parking area on the Village mall for drive-up film screenings.
The out of doors possibility has been common for salons and gymnasiums, too, Wolff mentioned, together with the Cave, TJ’s Gymnasium and the Bay Membership.
Roger Harrell, proprietor of the Cave gymnasium at 412 Tamal Plaza, mentioned the enterprise has been working at about 55% capability indoors.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say that we’re solely nonetheless right here due to the out of doors ordinances and we’re allowed to function outside,” Harrell mentioned. “It’s been a lifeline for us as a enterprise.”
Councilman Fred Casissa additionally supported a extra long-term model of the ordinance.
“I feel that is completely nice for companies and I feel they actually respect it,” he mentioned.
Mayor Eli Beckman mentioned “I feel it’s essential that we do what we are able to to help our native companies.”
“I feel this out of doors eating, retail, exercise, what-have-you life-style is enjoyable,” Beckman mentioned. “I feel it’s an amenity for the residents. I feel it’s a significantly better use of public areas.”