Shift To Outdoor Dining At Many Restaurants Amid Coronavirus Restrictions May Put Up Barriers For People With Disabilities.

August 21, 2020

The Washington Post (8/21, Mailman) reported the shift by many restaurants in cities to outdoor seating amid coronavirus restrictions on indoor dining has in many cases “put up barriers for people with disabilities and come into conflict with the Americans With Disabilities Act,” since “the ADA requires that sidewalk width must be a minimum of 36 inches for wheelchair access.” Amid this challenge, “many cities have drawn up new guidelines to help restaurateurs keep sidewalks ADA compliant.” However, “strong regulations aren’t always enough,” and one business owner quoted in the article said “he has noticed other businesses aren’t in compliance.” For example, “some created dining areas that require steps.”

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