Burlington diners will be able to enjoy outdoor patios all winter long

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Published October 20, 2021 at 11:36 am

Burlington residents will be able to enjoy outdoor patios and tents all winter long, regardless of any changes the province might make about COVID-19 restrictions.

With the temporary bylaw allowing the outdoor amenities about to expire on Oct. 31, councillors wanted to give local businesses some assurances.

Council decided to extend the temporary bylaw, first enacted in June of last year, to April 14, 2022.

“We have to ensure our businesses have some consistency and certainty, no matter what the Province decides,” said Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“We don’t know what will happen over the winter. We want to make sure we’re not lifting things, only to have to put them back into place.”

The bylaw authorizes the temporary use of land for new outdoor patios, the expansion of existing outdoor patios and/or the erection of a temporary tent on either a new, expanded or existing outdoor patio.

The original intent of the bylaw was to support restaurant recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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