On Monday, Calgary City Council approved a plan that allows restaurants to expand temporary patios.
During the meeting, all councillors voted unanimously to greenlight this plan, which would allow a restaurant or shop to extend its patio if its application is approved.
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Outdoor patio expansions could be a solution to increasing capacity for small businesses while still abiding by 50% occupancy limits and maintaining the recommended physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The City will work with different BIAs to get input and see if they can explore parking areas and look into the idea to put tables and chairs into sidewalks and parking spaces in front of establishments.
“This is a great idea, and it’s a really good example for me, of being thoughtful and being able to pivot quickly,” said Mayor Nenshi during the meeting.
It was also determined that businesses will not accrue any fees when applying for these temporary patios.