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Wednesday May 20th, 2020, 12:10pm

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The City of Windsor is planning for a very different patio season.

While bars and restaurants remain closed to the public, in preparation for future staged re-openings of the hospitality industry across Ontario, City Council has passed the several measures to help reduce the burden on Windsor area bars and restaurants.

Fees for sidewalk cafe permits and outdoor cafes located on public rights of way be waived for the remainder of 2020, allowing bars and restaurants to create accessible open spaces where patrons can be appropriately socially distanced. The city says it is estimated that local operators will each see about $1,000 in savings due to these measures.

That fees for the rental of Lanspeary Park be waived to allow for a pilot project for an outdoor food hall, consistent with the recent proposal to City Council from WindsorEats.

Business Improvement Areas within the City of Windsor will be requested to submit plans for any temporary closure of roads and/or sidewalks to facilitate proper physical distancing while encouraging patrons to support local businesses within a BIA.

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