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The council unanimously passed an ordinance that extends provisions for outdoor tents for another season.

The Lake Oswego City Council unanimously voted at its Nov. 16 meeting to enact an ordinance to extend the allowance of covered outdoor seating at businesses during the pandemic.

This ordinance amends the 14-day restriction on temporary shelters like tents to allow a longer timeframe for certain commercial uses during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately.

Planning and Building Services Director Scott Siegel said one change from the existing policy is a provision that required physical distancing rules, which are no longer in effect. This is replaced with a provision that stipulates temporary or emergency regulations relating to COVID-19 must be in effect to allow temporary shelters for more than 14 days.

"This really is the last season we want to do the temporary tents," said Mayor Joe Buck.

For more background and information on this ordinance, visit the city's website.


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