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CA Senate Passes Bill Permitting Restaurants, Bars to Participate in Street Fairs

The California State Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 76, which allows cities to create temporary “Entertainment Zones” in public spaces and intended to aid the recovery of brick-and-mortar restaurants and bars by removing barriers to their participation in outdoor events like street fairs and festivals. The bill heads next to the Assembly, where it must pass by Sept. 14. 

“Our cities will recover from the pandemic only with thriving small businesses,” said Sen. Scott Wiener, the bill’s author. “By allowing brick-and-mortar businesses to participate in street fairs and festivals on equal footing with outside vendors, SB 76 provides cities an important tool to boost economic recovery.” 

Currently, licensed businesses may come in from outside a neighborhood to set up booths to sell alcoholic beverages to-go during a street fair or festival, but neighboring restaurants and bars are prohibited from doing the same.


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