Restaurant Re-Opening Procedures

In accordance with Governor John Bel Edwards’ COVID-19 Proclamation to be released May 1, 2020, all restaurants that provide outdoor dining areas must adhere to strict mitigation standards preventing the spread of COVID-19.  The general operating matrix will require spacing of groups, limiting concentration of people, and strict use of PPE and frequent sanitizing by employees.

All temporary use permits issued in connection with the State of Louisiana Emergency Declaration, Stay at Home Order, or any other COVID-19 related matter, shall expire 60 days from issuance or upon rescission or other relevant modification of the Emergency Declaration or Stay at Home Order, whichever comes first.

Due to the social distancing requirements of the governor’s executive order, both the City of Shreveport and Shreveport-Caddo MPC understands that some restaurant establishments will seek alternatives to their existing indoor and outdoor configurations by extending operations to new outdoor areas including sidewalks, parking lots, etc.

In an effort to ensure that that  social distancing requirements are met while encouraging restaurant establishments to resume operations, the City is providing the following flexible outdoor operations allowances where they may not be permitted by the Shreveport UDC or City Code otherwise:

  • Permit. A Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Operations Permit application shall be sent via e-mail to The permit will be effective for 60 days.
  • Occupancy. New outdoor operations cannot result in a total occupancy greater than the originally approved occupancy limit for the restaurant.
  • ADA Requirements. No temporary outdoor operations shall be placed on a sidewalk unless an accessible
    path is available.
  • Life Safety Requirements. State approved fire extinguisher within 75 feet of tent area shall be provided for the outdoor operations using any number of tents. Points of ingress and egress shall not be blocked for any reason.
  • Tents. The maximum tent size shall be 10’ X 10’. Seven is the maximum number of tents permitted per restaurant.
  • Traffic & Parking. New outdoor operations cannot interfere with normal vehicle traffic movement to include fire department access to the building and access to fire hydrants, other firefighting equipment, and dumpster locations.
  • Health Department Requirements. Food preparation must be done inside the restaurant kitchen facilities. Dining must occur on the property/lease area of the restaurant. Open/uncovered food items cannot be served in temporary outdoor seating areas. All of Health Department requirements must be met as well.

The Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Operations Permit can be submitted via email, and there is no cost to the restaurant. Under the permit, restaurants can utilize 10-foot by 10-foot tents in their parking lots to meet the spacing requirements for up to 60 days.

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