Oct 21, 2020
By Jane Brown
It’s promising news for Toronto restaurant owners dealing with financial challenges because of the COVID-19 crisis.
A plan to extend patio season through the Winter has been approved by members of the city’s housing and planning committee.
It now goes before the executive committee on Wednesday, with a final vote before full Toronto city council next Tuesday.
If approved, it will extend the bylaw until May of next year.
The plan calls for an increase in existing patio space and removes restrictions that would prevent patios from being in front of a business.
But Mayor John Tory explained to CP24 Wednesday morning, curb lane patios will no longer be allowed because of snow cleaning issues through the Winter.
“We’re going to try and make winter patios work in other places just to give restaurateurs an opportunity when they’re so hard hit to offer people a place to go and it will be heated, so they can help restaurants and bars at the same time,” Tory detailed.
Indoor dining is currently banned in Toronto, as well as in Peel, York and Ottawa, as part of a modified stage 2 to curb the spread of COVID-19.