Downtown Live, an initiative headed by Edmonton’s Downtown Business Association, was created to give Edmontonians an option to be outside and enjoy themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic days.
It is also a chance for downtown business owners to draw an audience.
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
- 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.
DineOut Tool Kit is a downloadable dining module for street patios developed in NYC
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
Called Gerrard East Market, it comes with two decks, picnic tables, umbrellas, an outdoor screen showing sports, lighting and 22 tonnes of sand.
Best Before is an initiative focused on the prevention of food waste.
Restaurants around the city are asked to keep a bin in their freezer with good food they can feed to people.
Winnipeg’s West End Business Improvement Area helps organize physically distanced dinner parties while supporting local businesses
West End Feast With Friends: Build-Your-Own Dinner Party
Support local businesses and enjoy a unique, personalized experience with the people you care about, all from the privacy of your home. When you book a party, you will customize your event by choosing the number of participants, type of cuisine, and tour theme.
Each meal includes an appetizer, entrée and side dish, which you and your guests will savour as your tour guide takes you on a virtual adventure to learn about local art, architecture, history and more. Celebrate your graduation, create a fun first date story, or just get together with your friends after a long spring apart!
Bartenders Benevolent COVID-19 Support Fund has been established for those who have lost employment or reduced income
The Bartenders Benevolent Fund is actively working with community members, industy organizations and our Board of Directors to create inclusive and empowering organizational policies, funding criteria and code of conduct. Considering the current impact of the novel COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, these processes are unfolding quickly and we continue to reevaluate on an ongoing basis.
Buy Local Ottawa: Links to support Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses as the local economy reopens
Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses are woven into the fabric of the city. To help support as the local economy reopens, useful links and resources are assembled on this page.
- #MyOttawa Pass is Ottawa’s very own local savings passport, complete with an impressive collection of discounts and offers from businesses across the city.
- Shop Ottawa is an online directory of local businesses, products and services.
- Local Eats Ottawa offers a compiled list of Ottawa restaurants offering food delivery or pickup.
- SavourOttawa.ca is a one-stop site on how to buy locally produced food and beverages in the Ottawa region.
- Together-Apart.ca is a resource for the residents of this city to find local spots to order from and support.
- Edible Ottawa to ensure that local food communities remain strong.
- Love Local Delivery to order from Ottawa’s best independent, locally owned and operated food businesses! Easy Scheduled & On-Demand delivery provided by dedicated, carefully vetted and smart-serve trained drivers.
- And links to local BIAs that offer detailed information on local business offerings
Beer Company donates 135,000 facemasks to restaurants across Canada, plus re-opening kits that include hand sanitizer, sanitizer towers, social-distancing signage and support in going contactless with menus through QR-Code coasters, tent cards and point-of-sale integration.
Labatt is also supporting the safe re-opening of restaurants and businesses as a corporate partner to roll out the POST Promise — a private sector-led program that allows business owners to sign a declaration to uphold five key steps to help prevent the spread — and through brand initiatives, including Stella Artois’ Rally for Restaurants gift-card program.
Transforming a Restaurant into an Outdoor Market using simple furniture designs
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
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
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
Restaurants Canada holding a series of “Rapid Recovery Series Sessions”
10 sessions designed to help operators reopen, reinvent, and rebuild their businesses. All sessions will be recorded and sent out to registrants post-series. Sign up to secure your spot and ensure on list to be sent a recording.
Restarting Restaurants, Food Services & Retail webinars for Downtown Victoria businesses
Run a restaurant or food service business? Have questions about reopening and operating safely during COVID-19? Join us Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM for a FREE Q&A session. The expert panel includes the Chief Medical Officer for Island Health and the BC Restaurant and Food Association. These sessions are co-hosted by the Downtown Victoria Business Association and Community Micro Lending. As we adjust to living and working with COVID-19, we’re offering two sessions to help businesses reopen and operate safely: Two webinars planned:
Restarting Restaurants & Food Services on Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM
Restarting Retail on Thursday, June 11th 11AM – 12:30PM
The City of Portland is launching innovative and transformative street-related policies to use street space for people — and less for drivers and their cars —to help businesses survive.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation will allow local business owners to apply for permits so they can offer food and other services in the public right-of-way. This goes far beyond a simple sidewalk dining permit and is expected to fast-track a host of new possibilities like customer queuing zones in what used to be parking spaces and dining tables and barber chairs in streets and parking lots.
Nanaimo approves on-street patios, sidewalk seating
Nanaimo councillors agreed to reallocate $25,000 from the city’s downtown event grants budget toward the program.
BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association Blueprint for Re-opening in-restaurant dining
This document is a framework to provide best practices and protocols that the industry has worked together on. This information was put together with a consortium of experts in many different restaurants and
foodservice establishments in BC.
The owner of a Toronto-based pizzeria is teaming up with local restaurants on a local delivery service
The idea is a decentralized delivery system, shared and managed collectively by Toronto restaurants, with no commissions or fees. Everyone shares in the costs and the profits.
IT and e-commerce platform helps restaurants self-manage delivery and takeout
By giving restaurants the tools to do it themselves, restaurants avoid the hefty commissions of current food delivery apps.
City of Barrie will help restaurants with distancing by converting parking spaces to patios
The Mayor suggests that temporary seating areas could become permanent, creating more animated spaces throughout the City. If this pilot program is successful, it can be part of building more people-oriented public spaces.
Slider device allows businesses and customers to interact safely during pandemic
The simple device from a small Coquitlam fabrication company enables two people to carry out a transaction two metres apart.
To Go Toronto platform links to restaurants offering takeout & delivery
While dining areas are closed, the platforms has gathered a list of many Toronto restaurants that continue to prepare food with Toronto’s signature diversity.
Online directory shows local businesses open for business during pandemic
Support Retail is a free online directory that helps GTA shoppers find local small businesses OPEN for walk-in, pickup or delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ottawa’s Love Local Delivery offers curated list of local restaurants offering responsible delivery
The resource offers a curated network of Ottawa’s best independent locally owned and operated restaurants offering responsible delivery.
Posters that businesses can use to communicate how they are operating: pickup, delivery, in person or online
This is real-life representation of the Riverside BIA Directory, a colour-coded live map which indicates in real time what level businesses are operating at. The colour codes are the same for the map and signs. Green indicates a business that’s open but may have reduced hours and offerings, yellow means a business is open online or via phone only, and red means the business is closed for now.
Together Apart: Platform to support small businesses in the Ottawa region
List & links to businesses that are open and what kind of service they are offering (gift cards, delivery, etc.)
Visit Guelph website & social media provides information on how to support local during the pandemic
The virtual discovery page shares ways to support local businesses, farmers and growers, and charities through new digital ways.
Hong Kong-based restaurant creates playbook on getting back to business
Black Sheep Restaurants has created a playbook detailing every measure they have taken to combat COVID-19 and are offering it free-of-charge online to help fellow restaurateurs and business owners. Basic protocols from hygiene practices to how to communicate with guests are covered, and as well as helpful tips including where to source packaging for delivery and ideas for how to re-structure team schedules.
Edmonton restaurants open their pantries to survive COVID-19 pandemic
Eateries now selling pantry staples and toilet paper as dining rooms remain shut
Connect with Local Businesses: What’s open during the COVID-19 crisis in Calgary
The Calgary Herald is compiling a local directory of businesses in Calgary and area that are continuing to serve their communities organized by sector: Food & Beverage; Health & Wellness; Business and Professional Services; Transportation; Home and Garden; Misc. The document also provides businesses an opportunity to be added to the directory