Lift Up Local

Lift Up Local


In concert with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-123, the City of Tampa has implemented the Lift Up Local Economic Recovery Plan which temporarily allows restaurants and retail businesses to expand their exterior business footprint into privately-owned space without having to obtain full permits. This plan will remain in effect during the time that the internal restaurant capacity is capped at 50% of regular capacity. During this time, the City will suspend certain code and permit requirements to enable greater use of outdoor space for dining and retail patrons. Safety and accessibility requirements still apply. Further details are below.

Restaurant Requirements

  • Indoor capacity limited to 50% of building occupancy, which excludes staff personnel.
  • All indoor and outdoor seating must be spaced at least six feet apart except to the extent that appropriate partitioning is in place.
  • It is strongly encouraged to test your workforce for COVID-19. Call 888-513-6321 for free testing. No symptoms necessary, and insurance is not required.
  • Use disposable paper menus.
  • Provide easily accessible sanitizer for patrons and employees.
  • It is strongly encouraged to implement contactless ordering and payment processes.
  • All restaurants are encouraged to use a reservation process to prevent capacity issues. Restaurants using Parklets or participating in the ‘Café and Retail’ zones are REQUIRED to use a reservation process to prevent patrons from congregating while waiting for service.
  • Facial coverings must be worn by “front of house” staff members who interact with customers.
  • Limit contact with dining guests by reducing the number of visits wait staff make to each table.

Restaurant + Retail Recovery Program

Businesses may expand dining and retail areas to certain areas of private property not typically permitted for business activity, such as private sidewalks.

In addition, the City of Tampa is temporarily authorizing restaurants and retail businesses to expand dining and retail operations onto public sidewalks within the City, provided the applicable requirements described in the Lift Up Local Guidebook can be met. See Guidebook for requirements on the sale of alcoholic beverages and use of tents or shade structures on sidewalks.

Expanded Sidewalk Requirements for Restaurant & Retail

For the duration of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 and 20-139, as amended, modified and extended, City Code requirements regarding certain permitting of sidewalk cafes shall be temporarily suspended. Businesses utilizing private and public sidewalks shall comply with the following requirements during this time period. Operational Requirements for Sidewalk Cafes per Sec. 22-227 shall remain in effect as described below and shall generally apply to all private business operations including retail establishments.

Outdoor café seating and retail operations within sidewalks shall maintain:

Note: The City reserves the right to remove a sidewalk café/retail space for violations listed in the Guidebook.

Temporary Removable Barrier Materials

Temporary barrier materials, such as those listed below and depicted in the Guidebook, can be utilized to better define boundaries of extended business operations.

  • Cornstarch
  • Chalk
  • Turf
  • Wood
  • Tire
  • Plant
For questions relating to barrier wall placement, please call the Tampa Fire Marshal’s office at (813) 274-7000.


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Should you re-open?

The CDC has provided guidance for businesses and workplaces on how they can plan, prepare, and respond in regards to re-opening responsibly.

The purpose of the tools below is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. For more information, please visit the CDC website.

Promote Behaviors that Reduce Spread

Restaurants and bars may consider implementing several strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers.

  • Educate employees about staying home when appropriate
  • Require hand hygiene and encourage respiratory etiquette
  • Require the use of cloth face coverings among all staff, as feasible
  • Ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors
  • Post signs that promote protective measures in highly visible locations

Please visit the CDC website for more information on ways in which restaurant and bar operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Re-opening Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting

The CDC has provided guidance for the cleaning & disinfecting of public spaces in preparation for the re-opening. In addition to observing guidance from state & local authorities, the following 3 step plan to clean and disinfect has been recommended:

  1. Develop Your Plan
    1. Determine what needs to be cleaned: Areas unoccupied for 7 or more days need only routine cleaning. Maintain existing cleaning practices for outdoor areas.
    2. Determine how areas will be disinfected: Consider the type of surface and how often the surface is touched. Prioritize disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
    3. Consider the resources & equipment needed: Keep in mind the availability of cleaning products and personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for cleaners and disinfectants
  2. Implement
    1. Clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water prior to disinfection.
    2. Use the appropriate cleaning or disinfectant product: Use an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19, and read the label to make sure it meets your needs.
    3. Always follow the directions on the label: The label will include safety information and application instructions. Keep disinfectants out of the reach of children.
  3. Maintain & Revise
    1. Continue routine cleaning & disinfection: Continue or revise your plan based upon appropriate disinfectant and PPE availability. Dirty surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. Routinely disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily.
    2. Maintain safe practices such as frequent handwashing, using cloth face coverings, and staying home if you are sick
    3. Continue practices that reduce the potential for exposure: Maintain social distancing, staying six feet away from others. Reduce sharing of common spaces and frequently touched objects

Utilize the CDC's Cleaning & Disinfecting Tool to determine your plan.


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