Getting Ready for Patio Season
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Getting Ready for Patio Season

City of Windsor working to support restaurants’ recovery.

The City of Windsor is committed to supporting local bars and restaurants in their recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as the hospitality sector prepares for a very different 2020 “patio season.”

With bars and restaurants now able to re-open, City Council has passed the following measures to help reduce the burden on Windsor area bars and restaurants:

  • Waiver of the railing requirement for sidewalk cafes for the balance of 2020, consistent with updated guidelines from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario;
  • Moving forward with a Parklet and Curbside Cafe Pilot Project, in partnership with the Walkerville BIA; and
  • Partnering with all City of Windsor BIA’s to enable temporary road closures, sidewalk cafes and extended patios to support social distancing and encourage “buy local” efforts.

“I want to thank Councillor Chris Holt and the leadership of the Walkerville BIA for stepping forward with this initiative,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Our Curbside Pilot will create more space for area bars and restaurants to host patrons and support the local economic recovery in Windsor.”

City of Windsor Support for Small Businesses:

Mayor Dilkens and Windsor City Council have previously announced various measures to support local small businesses during the public health crisis, including:

  • Deferral of property tax payments until June 30;
  • Waiving all fees associated with sidewalk cafes for the remainder of 2020;
  • Enabling WindsorEats proposed outdoor food hall in Lanspeary Park;
  • Providing over 10,000 litres of complimentary hand sanitizer product to local small businesses and community organizations; and
  • Supporting our regional recovery through the WindsorEssex COVID-19 Economic Taskforce.

Now that the City of Windsor is permitted to enter Stage 2, bars and restaurants will be permitted to host customers on site once again, but all establishments will need to adhere to strict public health guidelines. Enabling more space for outdoor and open-air dining experiences will allow for more patron seating, while maintaining appropriate social distance requirements. The Province of Ontario has made significant resources available on-line at for businesses which are re-opening.

General COVID-19 Safety Reminders:

  • Stay 2 metres away from others.
  • Don’t crowd others when standing in line.
  • Keep gatherings to 10 people or less.
  • Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.
  • Carry hand sanitizer.

For more safety tips and practices, visit the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website.  For more information on municipal matters related to COVID-19, visit

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