All patios on metropolis property ought to be allowed to remain open till 2 a.m., Ottawa metropolis workers say


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All restaurant patios on metropolis property ought to be allowed to function till 2 a.m. in 2021, metropolis workers suggest.

The regulation of patios is likely one of the few areas the municipal authorities can tweak to assist small companies cope through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The town’s Patio Innovation Program in 2020 waived charges for patios and cafes on metropolis property, a measure that may proceed in 2021.

For eating places with patios on their very own properties, town dropped the requirement for patios to be set again 30 metres from residential zones and that, too, will probably be prolonged via 2021.

The closing instances for patios allowed on metropolis land has been a bit extra difficult for town to handle since council in 2017 handed a rule that required these patios which might be inside 30 metres of a residential zone to be closed at 11 p.m. Companies that had permits previous to 2017 have been allowed to maintain their 2 a.m. closing instances.

On prime of that, town can’t use zoning to manage closing instances for patios on non-public properties, although the instances are regulated via the provincial liquor licences.

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There have additionally been localized approaches to patio instances.

Final July, council allowed all ByWard Market patios on metropolis land to remain open till 1 a.m. to place all companies within the space on even-footing.

The town, in recommending the patio closing instances in a report printed on Wednesday, is “recognizing that future native financial resilience is a crucial consideration over the following six to 12 months and past.”

The place noise complaints might be an issue, town says it has an enforcement program ensuring operators of patios on metropolis land are held accountable. A warning on the primary offence would flip right into a closing time rollback to 11 p.m. on the second offence. The third offence would consequence within the metropolis revoking the patio allow.

Provincial liquor allow restrictions override any measures town contains in patio permits.

The town can also be prepared to as soon as once more contemplate functions to shut components of municipal roads for patios if BIAs or two-thirds of companies in non-BIA zones make the requests.

Council’s transportation committee on March three will probably be requested to make suggestions to council earlier than the patio season ramps up.

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