Design for Distancing installations encourage social distancing in fun, artsy ways in Baltimore’s commercial districts

Local businesses | Main Street | Street activation | physical distancing

Station North is designated as an arts district in Baltimore, known for its restaurants, theaters and art galleries. A patio installation has been created to be used as outdoor dining space for the nearby restaurants. There’s also a bright blue promenade behind the seating area so people can walk around diners, instead of weaving their way through tables set up on the sidewalk.

Parks activation tactical toolkit for outdoor dining

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Street activation

Bars and restaurants will take their operations to the streets this summer, under a multi-million dollar package designed to prop up Melbourne’s ailing hospitality sector.

Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership | Street activation

Another $30 million will go towards running events and cultural activities safely over coming months, offering a much-needed salve to Melbourne’s arts community.

Winterlab is a Quebec-based initiative to create winter city conditions

General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Main Street | Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Public health | Re-opening | Street activation

This winter will be special and the solution to isolation will be through the design of a multitude of small places that we will want to frequent despite the cold. From now on, let’s buy good boots and a suitable coat in our local shops, because let’s hope that the next winter can be one of the places where we can create human warmth.

The City of Chicago is seeking solutions to stimulate and encourage safe outdoor dining, for both customers and restaurant/bar staff, during cold weather months

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Main Street | Re-opening | Recovery
  • Solutions must be centered around facilitating in-person outdoor dining experiences, rather than delivery or take out
  • Solutions may relate to physical space as well as operations/service
  • Winning solutions are eligible to receive a $5,000 cash prize.  A total of three winners will be chosen.
  • Selected ideas are eligible to access potential piloting opportunities that will be funded by corporate sponsors. Building on the success of the outdoor dining program, the City of Chicago will be piloting this in many areas, including those in the INVEST South/West program for prototyping.

In Winnipeg, the conversion of a parking lot offers a European style open air dining and drinking experience in the heart of the Exchange District

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Re-opening | Street activation | physical distancing

A restaurant owner coordinated the smart phone food ordering system, which has Patio “runners” deployed to pick up orders and deliver them right to the table.

DineOut Tool Kit is a downloadable dining module for street patios developed in NYC

Local businesses | Main Street | Re-opening | Street activation | physical distancing

Launched at the iconic Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem, the prototype can accommodate a range of restaurants and street conditions. DineOut NYC is being deployed at restaurants and bars in diverse neighborhoods across the five boroughs, using parking spaces and sidewalks.

A group of small businesses get together to finances to create and manage a new community patio, beer garden and food hub for physical distancing in a parking lot

Food | Local businesses | Main Street | Re-opening | Street activation | physical distancing

Called Gerrard East Market, it comes with two decks, picnic tables, umbrellas, an outdoor screen showing sports, lighting and 22 tonnes of sand.

#RestartSmartVancouver includes additional pop-up plaza and temporary patio applications

Local businesses | Main Street | Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Re-opening | Street activation

This week, Vancouver unveiled their latest pop-up plazas, approved additional patio permits, and rolled out temporary changes to Granville Street.

The City of Victoria’s move to allow businesses to build patios on street “flex spaces” may continue past the pandemic.

Main Street | Policy leadership | Public health | Street activation

Victoria’s downtown business association says it will be a key to keep the dollars tourists usually bring flowing. And that the impact will be far beyond just those with patios.

The City has implemented a number of initiatives to support local businesses and the community to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including $575,000 in economic stimulus grants.

Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership | Re-opening | Street activation | physical distancing

The City’s webpage includes guides to reopening, virtual town halls, links to applications for grants, etc.

Transforming a Restaurant into an Outdoor Market using simple furniture designs

Food | Local businesses | Main Street | Street activation | physical distancing

A restaurant in Dallas is coping with the pandemic by leveraging Better Block’s approach to adaptive urbanism. The Better Block crew had constructed several wooden market stalls that were going to be used for a pop-up outdoor market in the Allen project. Now, they’ve used them to turn Oddfellows into an actual outdoor market, stocking the shelves with the restaurant’s stock and selling neighbors staples that may be difficult to find at the stores that remain open.

The City of Vancouver launches its Temporary Expedited Patio Program

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Street activation | physical distancing

This free program will allow restaurants and liquor-serving establishments to create temporary patios on streets, on-street parking spaces, or sidewalks either in front of or adjacent to their venues.To hasten the process, template patio drawings are being offered and a staff team has been dedicated to reviewing the applications. Permits will be issued within two business days for applications that meet requirements.

Toronto’s ‘rescue operation’ for restaurants includes fast-tracked approvals, more space for patio dining

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Re-opening | physical distancing

Called “CafeTO”, the city program is identifying sidewalk and right-of-way space, including “parklets,” adjacent to bars and restaurants that can be made available for outdoor dining with physical distancing to ensure minimal chance of virus infection. The normal patio approval process will be dramatically streamlined, city council will be asked to waive fees, and the Ontario government is agreeing to help quickly address any liquor licensing issues

Patios Everywhere program will help local restaurants reopen safely in Barrie

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Re-opening | physical distancing

This program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners while at the same time ensuring safety standards and measures remain in place. The Patios Everywhere Program is intended to address patios that are outside of the downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Nanaimo approves on-street patios, sidewalk seating

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Nanaimo councillors agreed to reallocate $25,000 from the city’s downtown event grants budget toward the program.

Reimagining the use of public space during pandemic in Montreal

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership | Public health

The movement to take back Montreal’s streets for pedestrians during this time of social distancing is spreading rapidly across the city. From full-on car-free zones to family streets to superblocks, Montreal, like many cities around the world, is reimagining the use of public space during this pandemic at an unprecedented pace.

Calgary to allow shops, restaurants to expand patios to allow for more social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

Local businesses | Parks and public space | Policy leadership
Restaurants will be able to allow their seating to spill over to sidewalks and streets outside their doors, helping to make up for the fact they will only be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

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