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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Council Action on Expanded Dining Supports Economic Health

Sugar Land, TX – Sugar Land City Council passed an ordinance on Aug. 4 to allow restaurants an opportunity to expand outdoor dining options.  

City Council took the action in an effort to show the city of Sugar Land’s support and commitment to helping restaurants open and stay open as safely as possible during these unprecedented times. 

“I’m excited that we’ve identified a new and innovative opportunity to support our business community,” said City Manager Michael W. Goodrum. “Our top priority will always be the safety of our citizens, but we must also work with our businesses to ensure the economic health of our city. We will continue to work with our health authority and the Fort Bend County Health Department to make smart decisions based on guidance from the CDC. This pandemic may not be over soon, so we must be prepared to work together for our common good.”

During the current disaster declaration, the city will work with restaurant owners interested in temporarily expanding outdoor seating availability to maximize onsite dining capacity. 

Interested restaurant owners should contact the city to request the ability to temporarily set up an outdoor dining area in parking lots. Location and safety requirements outlined in the ordinance will apply to the temporary outdoor dining area. 

For more information and to review program requirements, visit or contact Nicole Solis at

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