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Posted on: June 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Outdoor Dining & Retail Guidance for Arcata Businesses

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The City of Arcata has released outdoor dining and retail guidance for local businesses located in the Arcata Plaza, Downtown and Northtown neighborhoods.

On Wednesday, June 3, the Arcata City Council unanimously voted to allow restaurants and businesses to offer outdoor seating for dining and retail operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance will remain in place until stay at home orders are lifted to allow unrestricted dining and retail operations, or until the City revokes these interim provisions.

Reopening certification from the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services is required for all Arcata businesses who wish to apply for an outdoor dining or retail permit, known as an Encroachment Permit. All permit fees will be waived for any outdoor dining and retail Encroachment Permits obtained prior to Thursday, December 31, 2020. 

Arcata businesses who have not yet applied for County reopening certification are advised to click here for more information.

The City’s outdoor dining and retail guidance can be found below:

A City Encroachment Permit Application can be found here.

Questions pertaining to Encroachment Permits and permit applications should be emailed to the Building & Engineering Department at, or other arrangements can be made by calling 707-825-2128

For additional information, please contact the Community Development Department by email at or call 707-822-5955.

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