Orillia seeking feedback on the “See You On The Patio Program”

City says the program has proven to be successful

An initiative to promote bar and restaurant patios in Orillia this summer as part of the City’s economic recovery from COVID-19 has proven to be quite successful, now a task force wants to know where the program can be improved to plan for next year.

Two surveys have been launched for visitors, businesses and residents to gather feedback on the “See You On The Patio” program.

The initiative was launched in mid-July to promote activity on restaurant patios, both in the downtown core and beyond, in a safe manner. 

“The evidence we have seen and the general feedback received indicates the program has been quite successful,” said Coun. Ted Emond, Chair of the Economic Recovery Task Force. “The survey is intended to quantify what we have experienced, learn how we can make improvements and to use that information to plan ahead for next year, as the City continues its efforts towards a longer-term recovery for local businesses.” 

The initiative began in mid-July. Most restaurants jumped on board and expanded their outdoor seating capacity. The City closed downtown streets on Friday and Saturday evenings to make room for the additional patio space. The downtown closures will continue until at least the Labour Day weekend.