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Temporary Outdoor Patio and Retail

The Ontario government has allowed restaurants and bars to temporarily create/extend outdoor patio spaces to safely accommodate patrons and staff once licenced establishments are permitted to fully reopen for business.

As a result of a regulation change, licenced eating establishments retailers may create a patio adjacent to their premise or increase the size of their patio once they are permitted to welcome patrons on-site. This temporary measure will allow the public to safely enjoy service that meets social distancing requirements and other public health guidelines.

While the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will not require licencees to apply or pay a fee for these temporary extensions, licenced establishments must ensure they have municipal approval and meet all other applicable requirements.

To assist in responding to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Fort Erie has developed a Temporary Outdoor Patio and Retail program.

Applicants wishing to establish a new temporary outdoor patio or temporarily expand an existing outdoor patio must complete this application.

All items must be completed and submitted prior to approval. No fees shall apply to this application.


Temporary Outdoor Patio and Retail Regulations

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