Barrie City Council has voted in favour of extending patio hours as bars and restaurants are allowed to open for outdoor dining under Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.
“What we want to do is help these businesses who are long-suffering, and if that means a few longer hours, for the next three weeks, at least, until people can dine indoors later or have their beer indoors, I think we should do that, we should allow them more time,” Mayor Jeff Lehman told Barrie 360.
The extension, says Lehman, levels the playing field for businesses with patios on city property, downtown, for instance. They had been held to an 11 p.m. deadline, while patios on property owned by the restaurant could pretty much set their own hours.
With the changes okayed by council the hours a person can enter or re-enter an outdoor area are extended:
- from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday
- from 10:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and July 1 Canada Day
The hours that a person can be permitted to remain in the outdoor area are extended:
- from 11:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday
- from 11:15 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and July 1 Canada Day