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Coronavirus: Communal outdoor dining comes to Dixon

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

It is no secret that restaurants have been struggling in the age of the coronavirus. Those that have survived are getting by with takeout or delivery models and with the California government extending its stay-at-home order to allow outdoor dining at restaurants, this has become another way for businesses to attract customers.

In many instances, this has meant changing city code to extend outdoor dining areas to parking space, courtyards or parks. For Dixon, this has meant establishing a communal space for patrons of different restaurants to eat and drink.

Dawson’s Bar & Grill, with support from the city and Downtown Dixon Business Association (DDBA), recently set up an outdoor eating area on the city-owned Ferguson Alley off West A Street for patrons to enjoy the takeout they ordered from Dawson’s and other downtown restaurants in a shaded space that allows for outdoor dining and social distancing.

Jill Orr, the owner of Dawson’s and president of DDBA’s Board of Directors, said the goal was to provide more outdoor seating.

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Coronavirus: Dixon teachers union protests against requirement to teach from classrooms

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

Honks could be heard throughout downtown Dixon Monday as members of the Dixon Teachers Association tried to advocate for a learning model that would allow teachers to teach from home instead of just the classroom.

At its July 16 meeting, the Dixon school board voted to approve a distance learning model to kick off the 2020-21 school year, where students would receive lessons from teachers through videoconferencing sites like Zoom as campuses remain closed because of the coronavirus. The following day, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered that schools in counties on the state watchlist for coronavirus cases must begin the school year with distance learning and remain in that format until the county has been off the watchlist for more than 14 consecutive days.

The district is planning to reopen later in the year once it is safe to do so, but it will still have the option for students to learn from home. Included in the original plan was for teachers and other staff to conduct distance learning from their classrooms.

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