By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento city leaders will be considering whether to make the “al fresco” dining program implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic permanent.

The concept was first introduced more than two years ago when eating inside a restaurant became unsafe.

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Now, city council members are considering formalizing the program by creating design standards that will make it easier for restaurant owners to build code-compliant and durable dining spaces.

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If adopted, the program will be supported by monthly fees paid by patio operators.

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Tuesday’s city council meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m.