Temporary patios and shared streets usher in a new normal in Edmonton

May 20 2020, 12:34 pm

The City of Edmonton has implemented changes to allow better physical distancing on city streets and patios this summer.

Effective May 19, rules for new temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail operations are relaxed, allowing Edmontonians to lounge on more patios, shop along more sidewalks, and enjoy moving safely on more streets.

“Businesses will still be required to meet all public health requirements and provincial guidelines but will have the opportunity to increase maximum capacity in safe ways, from now until the end of 2020,” reads a release from the City.

The new city guidelines for temporary outdoor patios, sidewalk cafes and retail expansions are meant to reduce administrative barriers, and allow people to enjoy improved outdoor spaces in a shorter timeline.

Businesses can register online to open new temporary patios, sidewalk cafes, and outdoor retail space by agreeing to follow the new guidelines.

Once the form is completed, businesses are not required to wait for City approval, but must continue to follow guidelines at all times.

The City is also adding more shared streets and lane closures to give Edmontonians more space for physical distancing.

“Shared Streets are open to those who are walking, cycling, and driving. Since everyone is using the same space, the speed limit is reduced to 20 km/h,” the City said in a release.

Effective Tuesday, May 19 — Shared Streets

  • 84 Avenue (109 St to 112 Street)
  • University Ave (109 St to 114 Street)

Effective Friday, May 22 — Lane closures

  • 103A Avenue (Jasper Ave to 99 Street)
  • Jasper Avenue (103A Ave to 82 Street)
  • 82 Street (Jasper Avenue to 112 Avenue)
  • 112 Avenue (82 street to 112 Avenue S)

A complete list can be found online.