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The Promenade on Forest

Shopping, Dining, Art and You

Tuesday, as part of its economic recovery and business development plan to assist businesses with economic impacts related to COVID-19, the Laguna Beach City Council moved forward with a pilot program to close Lower Forest Avenue during summer of 2020 to create The Promenade on Forest, an outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining promenade integrated with local artists' work.

The Promenade on Forest is an outdoor dining, display and art performance area slated to open on June 15, 2020, and will create a safe and exciting pedestrian-only experience on Forest Avenue from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street throughout the Summer of 2020.

The Promenade will support local businesses by expanding customer seating and merchandise display areas into the street, provide opportunities to engage local artists to display their work while strengthening community spirit.

The Promenade on Forest Key Features:

  • Three dining decks, three retail display decks, and one performance art deck for virtual and live performances;
  • Layout design to promote 6-feet of safe physical distancing between parties;
  • Operates daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.;
  • Bistro string lighting to illuminate the Promenade and provide evening ambiance and security, while additional umbrellas and tree planters will provide daytime shade;
  • Several hand-washing stations and hand sanitizing stations provided, as well as maintenance staff on-site to regularly disinfect furniture;
  • Temporary art installations.

“The Promenade on Forest pilot program seeks to create an environment that allows for public social interactions with family and friends from a physical distance, while allowing local businesses to reopen safely,” said Shohreh Dupuis, Laguna Beach Assistant City Manager.

City Council Streamlines Outdoor Temporary Use Permit Process for Restaurants and Businesses

At its meeting Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council streamlined the City’s Temporary Use Permit (TUP) process to support Laguna Beach business owners pursuing outdoor dining, signage and the outdoor display of merchandise.

The City will waive all Temporary Use Permit fees through September 7, 2020.

Any Laguna Beach restaurant interested in outdoor dining or retail business wishing to display merchandise outdoors may submit a no-cost Temporary Use Permit (TUP) application to the City’s Community Development Department with a plan for how they will lay out a space that accommodates customers and meet physical distancing guidelines. This program is only available to businesses that currently operate from a fixed location within the City.

“Normally restaurant operators and businesses are required to go through a lengthy permit process including a public hearing with the Planning Commission,” said Marc Wiener, Director of Community Development. “Under the new streamlined TUP process approved by the City Council Tuesday, restaurant and business owners can now file applications directly with the Community Development Department and receive approved applications within a matter of days.”

Click HERE for a complete description and conditions of the accelerated TUP program. Restaurants with a liquor licenses must obtain approval from the State Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) to serve alcohol in an outdoor area.

Temporary outdoor signage will also be allowed for 60 days for businesses owners that apply for TUPs. The TUPs will be valid until September 7, 2020.

All Open Laguna Beach Businesses Must Comply With OC Health Orders

The Orange County Health Care Agency requires business owners and operators who meet Stage 2 criteria to review the State’s guidance and do the following:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan;
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them;
  • Implement individual control measures, screenings, physical distancing and disinfecting protocols and post the industry-specific checklist in their workplaces;
  • All Orange County residents and visitors shall wear a cloth face-covering when (i) in a public place; (ii) visiting a retail, commercial or other place of business; or (iii) at work, and when the resident or visitor is not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or live in the same living unit.

Have Questions About Reopening Your Restaurant or Retail Business?

Click the Link Below for Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Mayor Bob Whalen Talks About the Promenade on Forest and Economic Recovery for Laguna Beach

In today's podcast update, Mayor Whalen discusses the pilot program to close Lower Forest Avenue to create The Promenade on Forest, which was unanimously approved by the City Council and is set to open on June 15.

The State of the City Mayor’s Luncheon will likely be held in September and it will be virtual.

Guidance for Reopening of Laguna Beach Art Galleries

If an art gallery wishes to open for the sale of art, they can do so. Opening for exhibits or simply to display art is not allowed until the state's reopening Stage 3.

If an art gallery wishes to open for the sale of art, they can do so and should follow state guidance for retail (see below state guidance and checklist for full details & requirements):

  • Reduce overall gallery capacity by 50%
  • Implement physical distancing in the gallery
  • Implement practices to minimize employee exposure (sanitation & hygiene practices, training)
  • All employees and customers should wear face coverings while in the gallery

Opening for exhibits or simply to display art is not allowed until the state's reopening Stage 3.

Orange County Hair Salons and Barber Shops Allowed to Reopen with Modifications

On Tuesday, Governor Newsom announced the state will ease restrictions on barbershops and hair salons in counties that that have self attested to move further into Stage 2 reopening.

Orange County meets this criteria and therefore salons and barber shops are allowed to reopen effective immediately, with modifications, including enhanced cleaning protocols and face covering requirements.

Stage 3 businesses like nail salons, gyms and fitness facilities are NOT permitted to reopen yet.

Places of Worship Can Reopen Statewide With Modifications

The California Department of Public Health has issued guidelines for the reopening of places of worship.

The state guidelines for reopening places of worship include:

  • Churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship are allowed to welcome 25% of their total capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower to services, including funerals;
  • Religious leaders are asked to discontinue singing and group recitation;
  • Sharing items including prayer books, prayer rugs, and hymn books is also discouraged;
  • Houses of worship are encouraged to hold outdoor services when possible and reconfigure seating arrangements to allow for six feet of physical distance between households;
  • Shorter services and reservation systems are also suggested.
Starting Thursday, the County of Orange will reopen all beach parking lots at South Laguna beaches (including Aliso Beach.) All County and City beaches in Laguna Beach are open for active recreation only.
Thank you to everyone practicing physical distancing and following active recreation guidelines on the City's beaches over the Memorial Day weekend!

No fireworks of any kind are allowed in the City of Laguna Beach.

The 2020 Laguna Beach 4th of July fireworks display is canceled.

The Laguna Beach Police and Fire Departments are strictly enforcing the City's fireworks prohibition.

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