Sidewalk dining in Santa Barbara, Long Beach

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Sidewalk dining in Santa Barbara is offering restaurants a way to serve guests in a safer environment than indoors. It also provides them an economic lifeline after more than two months of limited service. Photo credit: Matt Guilhem

Santa Barbara has shut its main downtown road, State Street, to cars. Now, people are walking while keeping their distance, and restaurants are expanding dining rooms onto the sidewalks. LA County officials are considering a similar move.