May 21, 2020

In anticipation of Orange County green-lighting a further move into Stage 2 that would allow restaurants to re-open their dining rooms under strict health and safety guidelines, local establishments can now apply to the City of Garden Grove for 60-day outdoor dining permits to expand dining areas onto adjacent sidewalks within a shopping center or in privately-owned parking lots.

“Temporary reductions to the normal parking requirements will allow our restaurants to offer outdoor dining with proper social distancing, so that they can begin to re:open in a safe and sensible manner,” said Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones.

Branded as the “Accessible Eateries Program” the program will allow restaurants required to reduce their usable interior dining area in order to meet social distancing requirements, to access private sidewalks or nearby parking spaces for expanded dining, that meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements, among others. The program would be contingent on the Orange County Health Care Agency issuing guidelines for the safe re-opening of restaurant dining areas, and the City of Garden Grove approving an executive order that allows the temporary permits to be issued while the COVID-19 local emergency order is in place.

In addition to business information, applicants must provide a site plan detailing the proposed outdoor dining area.

Along with the Accessible Eateries Program, the City’s Office of Economic Development has established the Jobs 1st program providing zero-interest loans and grants to eligible local businesses for job creation and retention.

“Both the Accessible Eateries Program and the Jobs 1st program are part of the Garden Grove Business Resource and Resiliency Plan, designed to help businesses regain their economic vitality during a time of enormous challenges,” said Assistant City Manager and Community and Economic Development Director Lisa Kim.

The Business Resource and Resiliency Plan is accessible from the City’s coronavirus webpage at or directly at

Online applications for the Accessible Eateries Program can now be accessed online at For more information, contact the City’s Planning Division at (714) 741-5312, or emailing

Online applications for the Jobs 1st program are available at For more information, please contact the Office of Economic Development at (714) 741-5130.

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