Provincial restrictions eased for outdoor patios

By The Canadian Press
July 10, 2017 - 6:27am Updated: July 10, 2017 - 8:49am

CALGARY- The provincial government is lowering the bar on restrictions for patios.

Previously, venues had to build a three-foot-high enclosure in order to operate their patio, but businesses can now define their outdoor space using planters or other decorative items like furniture.

Restaurants and bars in Alberta will also have greater control over the size of their patio, its design, as well as where customers enter and exit.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci and Alain Maisonneuve, the acting president of Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, announced the changes yesterday at the Calgary Stampede.

"Patio season may be short, but it can be an important part of attracting business during the summer months," said Maisonneuve. "We have cut the red tape that establishments were experiencing. In short, patio policy is now less prescriptive."

Ceci added, "This policy makes life better for businesses and patrons alike by allowing for types of patios that recognize the unique character of the building, neighbourhood and customers."

(The Canadian Press)

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