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San Diego businesses that have had to move outdoors prepare for weekend rain

With rain in the forecast, businesses like restaurants are planning ahead.

SAN DIEGO — For the first time in quite a while, rain is in the forecast for this weekend. While that may be good news to reduce fire danger, it's not such great news for all those businesses that have had to move outside to comply with COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

"We started making changes to the patio that shielded the back and the sides to trap some heat when it gets colder," said Cesar Vallin, Managing Partner for Cloak and Petal.

The restaurant has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but has managed to stay afloat in part because of its big patio. Now cooler temperatures and rain predicted this weekend have many restaurants concerned.

According to the Downtown San Diego Partnership, restaurants that have been able to provide some-sort of outside dining have seen a 25% increase in business.

Many are now relying on tents and takeout to hold on to those gains.

When it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, San Diego is teetering on the edge of the highest tier --purple -- but we are not there yet. That means indoor service is still an option as long as everyone does it safely and complies with the current guidelines.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership wants your ideas on how businesses can better operate and accommodate customers during the pandemic. To submit your idea, click here.