Colorful tables and chairs in sidewalk cafeRestaurants around the world turned on-street parking into “streeteries” when COVID-19 made dining inside impossible. Now that the pandemic is waning, cities are wondering how long those outside dining areas should continue. Paris, France, says forever.

Under new guidance, nearly 9,800 restaurants, bars, and cafes can set up outdoor dining from April to October. They can use up to three parking spaces in front of their businesses for summer dining terraces, and businesses such as florists and book stores can apply for the same setup. Terraces must close by 10 p.m. and cannot play music, in an effort to appease residents worried about noise and crowds.

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