The restaurant industry has been hit hard by the health crisis and recession. Governments have showered billions of dollars on businesses to help them through the tough times. But the real solution in many cases is for governments to just get out of the way. For restaurants, that often means letting them put tables outside while the warm weather lasts.
This is the sidewalk that local central planners in Arlington, Virginia claim is not wide enough to have outdoor dining during the COVID-19 panic.
RW note: With a problem like this the owner should hire an attorney that is close to the central planners. You need to be close to power when central planners are in control.
When central power comes into play you have to think of the angles. A convenience store owner had a problem getting police to respond to aggressive shoplifting at his store. I told him to print up a business card that said “The bearer of this card is entitled to free coffee at XYZ” and to give it to every cop he sees in the area, even BART cops, “in appreciation of the hard work they are doing.”
He now gives them free coffee and a 50% discount on merchandise. There are cops in the place all day and night.