BWG COVID-19 Temporary Patio Program
Private Patio Guidelines
The BWG COVID-19 Temporary Patio Program is designed to provide restaurant and bar owners operating in Bradford West Gwillimbury (BWG) with an opportunity to establish temporary outdoor patios (“patios”), as a means of assisting in their recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and take advantage of the summer weather to offer outdoor dining to their customers.
This guide provides you with the information you need to open or expand your patio on private property for the purposes of offering food or drink to the public, pursuant to the Government of Ontario’s Phase 2 Framework and the BWG COVID-19 Temporary Patio Program. For anyone interested in utilizing either public or private property to expand business operations unrelated to food and drink establishments, please contact the Office of Economic Development directly to discuss further at 905-775-5366 ext. 1310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the program, Owners of dining establishments who wish to participate must first complete the Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form below.
If your patio is wholly contained on private property (e.g. parking lot, plaza or other areas NOT on Town-owned property, roadways or sidewalks), once your Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form is complete, you may open your patio. Inspections and enforcement meant to ensure compliance with the Program requirements and provisions of the applicable legislation may take place at any time.
Please also note that as the Province and the Town continue to respond and adapt to the changing COVID-19 pandemic, regulations and conditions concerning this program may change without notice.
Please stay informed by checking the Town’s Economic Development website and the Government of Ontario’s website for updates and new information.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has published guidance for reopening a food premise for outdoor dining.
The Ministry of Labour has provided health and safety guidance for the Restaurant and Food Services Sector.
These guidance documents supplement but do not replace, guidance from Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit about food safety, or the Ontario Food Premises Regulations.
The undersigned understands and acknowledges that the BWG COVID-19 Temporary Patio Program permits the extension or construction of a patio in accordance with provincial regulations and recommendations of public health officials is on a time limited basis during the period ending on the earlier of November 1, 2020 or the day upon which the Program ends.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, permission to operate the ‘Temporary Patio’ becomes null and void if the applicant should fail to meet the requirements set out in this form and other applicable documents, in which case, the Town will have the right to take any action it deems necessary to repair the patio structure or to reinstate the site to its original condition for public protection at the expense of the applicant. In all cases the decision of the Town is final.