COVID-19: City of Kitchener looks to assist local restaurants with outdoor patio options – Kitchener

Last week the province of Ontario moved to a modified version of step two of the provincial reopening roadmap, once again closing indoor dining.

The City of Kitchener says the move is to help local restaurants find outdoor dining options and help local establishments do so.

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“Our local restaurant owners continue to show their resilience in the face of this pandemic,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

“We know how tough these restrictions have been on restaurant operators, and we’re doing everything we can to give them the freedom to spin – some with outdoor winter dining options.”

The city says those interested should visit their website to find out about the options that are still available, as well as the licenses and permits required to operate a patio.

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Kitchener notes that in 2020 it was one of the first cities to speed up the patio approval process, with some being granted in less than a day.

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It is said that it will also quickly approve terraces this winter.

“Over 100 Kitchener restaurants took advantage of the terrace expansion program last season,” said Darren Becks, Kitchener’s manager for downtown development and innovation.

“We’re here to help and are doing everything we can to keep issuing swift permits to ensure companies can operate their terraces.”

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