Oliver town council will be getting a request from BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, the Alliance of Beverage Licensees, and the BC Craft Brewers Guild on Tuesday, asking it to accept applications for winterized patios.
The organizations point to the benefits experienced this summer with patios amid COVID-19 challenges. ”It has helped build confidence in dining out and activated streets in new ways that have helped keep patrons and employees safe amid this global pandemic,” the request stated.
As the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be substantial, the restaurants hope to see financial pressures felt by the hospitality industry helped in any way, which leads to the winter friendly patios.
“Outside dining has been a significant benefit to operators and customers,” the statement reads.
Hoping to extend approvals for short-term patios in public and private spaces will allow business operators opportunity to capitalize on the confidence of outdoor space and expand the business’ ability to create physical distancing between tables.
The request is also looking for council to decide on patios for 2021 so restaurants can prepare and create a program that helps with pick-up zones for contactless curb-side pickup.
The full report and request will be presented to town council on Tuesday.
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