CafeTO: Toronto to Allow Restaurants and Bars to Expand Patios to Sidewalks and Outdoor Spaces


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The city of Toronto has announced CafeTO program which will help restaurants and bars to expand their patios and outdoor spaces to sidewalks.

Mayor John Tory says the program will allow patio spaces to be opened with “lightning speed” when Ontario allows dine-in services and “will make it easier for them to open and expand patios and access additional space for physical distancing and for that matter, revenue generation during the summer months.”

Currently, the city is consulting with businesses to launch this program in an effective manner.

According to the website page on CafeTO, “The City will identify space in the public right-of-way and look at ways to expedite the current application and permitting process for sidewalk cafés and parklets. Local restaurant/bar owners that are registered for the program will receive a set of City guidelines for the installation of a temporary sidewalk café or curb lane café.”

“A simple registration process for businesses to sign-up for CaféTO will be shared with business owners as soon as it is finalized.”

Premier Ford announced yesterday that Ontario health officials are in discussions about the second stageof the province’s economic reopening plan, and he hopes to bring it forward over the next week. When asked specificallyif restaurants may be able to open patios in stage two, Ford said it’s one area he’s looking at, and health officials will make those decisions within the week.

The cities like Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver has allowed restaurants to expand their patio into sidewalks.

Edmontonalso allows retail sales at sidewalks.


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