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Sidney limits outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes – Victoria News

There will be fewer outdoor options for those dining out in Sidney.

Sidney’s council repealed a temporary bylaw passed in the summer of 2020 that allowed local restaurants and cafes to convert up to 50% of their required parking space to outdoor seating (assuming it didn’t (there is no reduction in the existing number of designated accessible parking spaces).

Council made this decision after receiving a staff report. “Staff believe the change should be revoked at this time due to provincial protocols in place,” said Alison Verhagen, current senior planning director. As the report notes, Sidney introduced the temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, while physical distancing protocols and indoor dining limits affected the seating capacity inside these businesses. .

“While the pandemic is still ongoing, the province now allows indoor dining and requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all customers dining inside and outside at a restaurant or restaurant. a pub ”, we read. “(Therefore) restaurants are less restricted in their operations and may no longer need this allocation of parking spaces to complete their operations.”

The Council first adopted the provisional regulation in June 2020, subject to its cancellation no later than six months. He was back before the board in October 2020, with the board renewing it subject to consideration of the repeal of the by-law in October 2021.

Verhagen said staff contacted both restaurants using the settlement last week. “One of them effectively removed their outdoor patio,” she said, adding that the other did not respond to the municipality after receiving the information.

The Council’s vote in favor of the repeal of the provisional regulation was unanimous.

Companies interested in continuing to offer outdoor seating can apply for a permit from the municipality.


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Richard Dement

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