The Town of Lincoln announced it will be expediting temporary patio extensions and seasonal tent requests as tourism and hospitality sectors continue to adapt to COVID-19 public health restrictions.
Niagara Region entered the Red/Control Tier under the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework on March 1. That permits capacity limits of only 10 people for indoor dining. Outdoor dining capacity is limited by the ability to keep patrons two metres apart.
In response, Town of Lincoln Council directed staff to come up with methods to support the local tourism and hospitality industry.
Approvals for tent permits and temporary patio extensions will come quickly, with an average turnaround time of 48-72 hours. Application fees for the 2021 temporary patio program are also being waived.
The move aims to help businesses adapt to COVID-19 public health measures, support economic activity and give residents and tourists an opportunity to enjoy Lincoln’s superb offerings in a safe manner.
“We are making it easier for our bars, restaurants and wineries to extend their outdoor dining season and allow for increased seating capacity while following all public health guidelines,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “We understand the toll the pandemic has taken on the local tourism and hospitality sector and we want to do everything we can to help businesses recover and prosper as the warm weather months approach.”
Mike Mikolic, Chair, Planning and Economic Development Committee said, “We want to help businesses be able to welcome back more customers while adapting to COVID-19 public health restrictions. We are also happy to provide more opportunities for residents and visitors to get out and enjoy a meal at their favourite place.”
Tourism and hospitality operators looking to expand or create temporary patios can contact Matt Bruder, Director, Planning, and Development, at [email protected]. Town staff will work with applicants to help them understand how they can safely operate an outdoor patio during the 2021 patio season.
The town also is encouraging residents and visitors to support local restaurants, bars, and wineries by continuing to order curbside pickup at applicable locations.
The resource ShopLincoln.ca lists which services and dining options are currently available across our tourism and hospitality sectors.