The City of Kitchener has extended its patio program to support local bar and restaurant operators to at least January 1, 2021.

Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership

Should the Province permit temporary patios beyond January 1, the City will also permit the continuation of patios. The now extended patio program allows bar and restaurant operators the opportunity to offer food services on temporary outdoor patios city-wide and expanded sidewalks patios downtown Kitchener.  Since the launch of the patio program over 60 local operators have extended or added temporary outdoor patios to their establishments.

Toronto’s outdoor dining guidelines

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

The CaféTO program aims to provide more outdoor dining areas to help some restaurants and bars create physical distancing for patrons on patios during the summer months. A CaféTO Placement Guidebook has been created to better understand program requirements and other details necessary. Link provides details on requirements for curb lane patios, patios on private property, use of portable heaters & tents/enclosures.

Vancouver-based survey to solicit ideas to help make streets for people during COVID-19 recovery.

Local businesses | Main Street | Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

We are making temporary changes to our streets to help residents physically distance and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to our communities by:

  • Room to Move. Repurposing street space for more walking, rolling, and cycling along Beach Ave.
  • Pop-up Plazas. Creating pop-up plazas so people can gather outside
  • Temporary Patios. Approving temporary patios so people can dine out and businesses can continue to serve customers
  • Sidewalk Widening. Making more room for walking and queuing along busy streets
  • Room to Queue. Making more room to line up and board buses at some key bus stops
  • Slow Streets. Calming traffic to make ‘slow streets’ more comfortable for people walking, rolling, and cycling

These measures also support our ongoing effort to create safer streets, limit the effects of climate change, and increase social connection between residents. We are monitoring the impacts of these initiatives and getting feedback from the public to understand what could become longer term.

Results from surveys of Montreal’s pedestrian streets and “pandemic tracks” show that residents are in favour

Local businesses | Main Street | Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership | Street activation

The City conducted a web survey & also randomly interviewed people in the street. The “pandemic tracks”, these protected cycle paths installed on major arteries in the city, have garnered a very high level of support to the tune of 80%+, despite demonstrations by businesses in some spots. The pedestrianization of certain commercial arteries for the summer period was also greatly appreciated, shows the same survey – between 74 to 83%.This includes the allowances made so that restaurant owners could enlarge their terraces to enable more outdoor seating. 

The City of Chicago’s 2020 Winter Dining Challenge: the 60 Innovative Designs

Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership

A jury evaluated the submissions based on feasibility, accessibility, health considerations, material and installation costs, inclusivity, climate comfort, sustainability, and flexibility. A key design principle is making sure the finalists are not only scalable for large and small establishments, but also cost effective for businesses already struggling from the impact of the pandemic. Running a restaurant in the time of COVID requires creativity and consistency to keep everyone healthy. Still, a willingness to pivot and try new off-premise options will help operators execute these restaurant innovations for COVID and stay afloat.

A restaurant in St. Jacobs, ON is using domes on their outdoor patio to keep patrons warm and physically distanced for colder weather

Local businesses | Main Street | physical distancing

Patrons are confined within a social bubble inside of the dome. Each dome can hold up to eight people and no mixing of social bubbles are allowed.

Adapting Public Spaces During COVID-19: 3 Examples of Tactical Urbanism Projects

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

City of Ottawa extending patio season to December 31

Local businesses | Main Street | Street activation

The city is coming up with a plan for winter that will see snowbanks removed quicker than usual in high-traffic curbside pickup areas, such as Wellington West, Montreal Road, Elgin Street, St. Joseph Boulevard and Bank Street.

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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