Development Services Staff
Staff Report: Patios Everywhere Program – 2020 Patio Season
The City is introducing the Patios Everywhere Program for the summer of 2020. This program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners while at the same time ensuring safety standards and measures remain in place.
The City is working to protect the local economy and assist businesses with the supports needed to navigate these times. Visit Business Information & Support During COVID-19 for more information.
The Patios Everywhere Program is intended to address patios that are outside of the Business Improvement Area (BIA) / City Centre.
The COVID-19 pandemic has limited restaurants to takeout services only since the mid-March 2020. As the restrictions on restaurant operations ease, restaurants are anticipated to be impacted by safety measures required to address such matters as physical distancing in a restaurant setting. It is anticipated that this will result in a reduced patron capacity. With the warmer weather, restaurants' use of patios and refreshment vehicles will help distribute capacity while meeting physical distancing measures.
The City will review Patio Everywhere applications and design concepts from businesses to ensure universal accessibility, public safety (including Fire and separation from traffic) and the streetscape experience are enhanced and not negatively impacted by the introduction of a patio. All applications are required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Existing, legal restaurants can take advantage of warmer weather by offering outdoor dining experiences. The duration of patio season typically runs from April 15th to October 15th.
Business Licensing (General) By-law (City By-Law 2006-266, as amended) will
apply for the 2020 patio season and will resume after October 15, 2020.
The requirements for refreshment vehicles include the following operating criteria:
In addition, Patio’s will have to comply with the Guidelines set out by the Simcoe District Muskoka Health Unit. For more information please visit: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Reopening a Food Premise for Outdoor Dinning
The process to establish a patio consists of the following steps:
The process to apply consists of the following steps:
If you require assistance please contact available staff by emailing PatiosEverywhere@barrie.ca.
The program is designed to support an online application submission and issuance of approvals to help maintain physical distancing measures.
Applications can be submitted through the City’s online portal
www.barrie.ca/APLI. Choose "Exemption from Full Site Plan approval" and clearly state the proposal is for a patio or a refreshment vehicle in the application description.
This program will support local restaurants. The additional patio space across the City would provide options to create public spaces and to safely adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Barrie fees for the 2020 Patios Everywhere Program application process has been waived.
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