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City Blocks Streets in Downtown Las Vegas for Outdoor Dining Under Pop-up Tents

The al fresco dining experience encourages diners to order takeout and eat outside

Louiie Victa

The City of Las Vegas blocked off portions of two streets in Fremont East and the Arts District for outdoor dining. The city’s new Dine Out Downtown brings pop-up shade covers, tables, and chairs with social distancing in mind. Diners can order takeout from neighboring restaurants and sit outside at the tables for al fresco dining from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The new pop-up street dining takes place on California Avenue between Main Street and Casino Center Boulevard in the Arts District with about a dozen canopies in place, and on Sixth Street between Fremont Street and Carson Avenue, where another dozen canopies await diners.

City staff will be on hand to clean and disinfect the tables and chairs between uses.

The city says the initiative stays in place through phase one and two of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s plan to reopen the state for business. Gov. Steve Sisolak permitted restaurants to reopen with dine-in service on May 9. His new directive stays in place until May 30, when he may reopen more of the state for business. In the meantime, many restaurants started offering takeout in order to keep their businesses open. Casinos and bars remain closed. Nevada is in phase one of reopening for business.

Last week, the City of Las Vegas allowed restaurants to expand seating onto the sidewalk. Restaurants can temporarily expand their dining rooms outside within a confined area that spans the Arts District, Fremont East, and in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.

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