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Posted on: May 18, 2020


To facilitate allowing retail and dining businesses to begin reopening, the Mammoth Lakes Town Manager authorizes the following temporary changes to Town’s usual standards and requirements for outdoor dining, outdoor displays and sales, temporary signage, and outdoor seating areas.

A majority of these temporary waivers will become effective upon the California Department of Public Health’s approval for Mono County to move into Expanded Stage 2 of the State of California’s “Resilience Roadmap” and will remain in effect until September 30, 2020 unless otherwise determined by the Town.  

Please note that as of today’s date, Stage 2 approval has not yet been obtained.

Businesses operating under these interim rules are still ordered to comply with all applicable public health guidance and requirements from the State of California, Mono County, and the Town.


Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery

Mono County (including the Town of Mammoth Lakes) is currently in early Stage 2 of the State of California’s “Resilience Roadmap”. This stage allows for retail curbside pick-up and the opening of manufacturing and logistical supply chains to provide required goods and services.

To accommodate this activity by businesses allowed to provide curbside pick-up and delivery of merchandise, goods and related service, the temporary use of tents or other shade coverings may be placed to provide protection from weather and to clearly designate areas for pick-up and delivery of merchandises, goods and delivery. 

Businesses that are designated as “essential” by the California Department of Public Health that provide retail services may also use temporary structures, signs, banners, and waiting areas as provided for under these operating rules.


Outdoor Dining

During the reopening phase there will likely be restrictions on the number of people within restaurants along with requirements regarding maintaining distance between non-related groups of people. To facilitate additional spacing, outdoor parking may be used as temporary outdoor dining areas until the emergency order is rescinded.

Outdoor dining shall comply with all provisions of Zoning Code Section 17.52.220 below:

  • Outdoor dining areas shall not obstruct pedestrian traffic, and shall not create traffic hazards: 17.52.220.C.5.  
  • Outdoor dining areas may be located in setback areas but shall maintain a minimum five-foot setback to property lines; however, no outdoor dining area shall encroach into a setback abutting a residential zone: 17.52.220.D.1.  

Outdoor Display and Sales

To promote social distancing, the following two provisions for outdoor display and sales standards are temporarily waived:

  • An administrative permit shall be required for a temporary outdoor display or sale: 17.52.230.A. 1.
  • A business shall be limited to three consecutive days of temporary outdoor displays/sales per calendar year. In addition, businesses are allowed one day for set up of the temporary display or sale and one day to remove the temporary display or sale: 17.52.230.A.4.

Temporary Signage (Banners)

In response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town would like to encourage business owners to advertise their businesses. To achieve this, Zoning Code Section 17.48.080.N.1. shall be modified as follows:

  • Banners. Grand opening banners for newly established businesses as well as banners intended to advertise businesses may be allowed for a period of no longer than 90 consecutive days.

Outdoor Seating Areas for Retail Businesses

Businesses may establish temporary outdoor seating (waiting) areas, provided that they do not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular thoroughfare. It is permitted to convert limited parking spaces to outdoor seating (waiting) areas.

Care and Maintenance of all Temporary Items

The placement of all temporary structures must provide for the safety of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and all such structures must be secured to withstand wind events. All outdoor structures, signs, banners, seating, or related temporary items must be maintained in good repair and must be promptly removed or replaced upon notice from the Town. 

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