Thanks to a unanimous City Council vote, San Jose has elected to allow businesses to continue operating outdoors through next summer.
Up until recently, the city’s Al Fresco program required outdoor activities to be shut down by 10pm. However, with new rules in place, businesses will be allowed to stay open until past midnight.
The program was set to expire Dec. 31. Now, businesses will be able to service customers in parks and plazas until March 31 and can use private property, sidewalks and city streets until June 30.
This gives local business owners options, including the use of tents and install heaters on public and private property in preparation for colder winter months.
“It’s paramount that we have some certainty for businesses. It would really be bad if it ended in December,” said Nathan Ulsh, of the San Jose Downtown Association.
“Businesses currently are scrambling to find ways to bolster their winterization endeavors by investing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the infrastructure — tables, chairs, tents, heaters — to make it through the rest of the year.’