Temporary Outdoor Seating Guidance

Considerations for Converting Outdoor Spaces into Temporary Seating Spaces Based on the 2018 I-Codes October 2020

As restaurants, bars, and similar establishments across the United States resume operations at reduced
capacity under COVID-19 restrictions, many are looking for ways to convert outdoor spaces into temporary
seating to offset the mandated reductions to the indoor occupancy loads. The Code Council offers some
insight for consideration of ways in which code officials and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) can help
protect employees, customers, and communities. While these items are intended to decrease the spread of
COVID-19, they focus more on the code related issues that may be impacted while utilizing outdoor spaces
for seating areas. The outdoor seating concept is designed to enable restaurant and similar-type facilities
the ability to increase their service and customer base at occupancy levels near or at the otherwise normally
permitted numbers.

Outdoor seating and Dining

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