patch.com

The ordinance will waive fees for the use of public parkland for places of worship and various businesses. (Times of San Diego) January 12, 2021 The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend and expand a temporary ordinance allowing some brick and mortar businesses to apply for use of outdoor parkland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance will waive fees for the use of public parkland for places of worship and businesses such as restaurants, gyms, yoga studios or any other indoor businesses forced to curtail business practices due to stay-at-home orders. All businesses or entities applying for use of the land have to meet guidelines for “proper park use,” as written in the city charter, must have had a physical brick and mortar site and must continue to meet local, state and federal social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines. Councilman Chris Cate first proposed the idea in mid-July of 2020, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a similar ordinance for county parks on Aug. 5, 2020. Then-Mayor Kevin Faulconer issued an executive order Aug. 24 permitting houses of worship and fitness businesses to apply for the use of public parkland and delaying payment of fees for 60 days. The ordinance passed Tuesday would waive the grounds fees and would remain in effect either until businesses can resume indoor operations safely or Dec. 31, 2021 — whichever comes first. The fee waivers are also retroactive to Aug. 31, 2020. According to Karen Dennison, with […]