The Corte Madera Town Council has extended an urgency ordinance allowing gyms, restaurants and retailers to operate outdoors.
The ordinance, approved unanimously on Tuesday, will allow business owners to use public spaces such as sidewalks and parking lots through December 2022. The ordinance was first approved in 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to allow businesses to continue serving customers when indoor operations were prohibited.
This is the second time the ordinance has been extended, and members of the council said they were leaning toward supporting a permanent ordinance in the future.
Councilman Charles Lee said if a permanent ordinance would be proposed, he would like staff to include gyms in the mix “because I highly prioritize workouts and healthy lifestyles in this community more than just another place to park an SUV.”
Planning Director Adam Wolff said 10 permits for outdoor business have been…