News dalla rete ITA

20 Maggio 2022



More than 800 patios have been approved for Toronto sidewalks and curb lanes this spring and summer, and city officials expect there could still be room for more. With the arrival of warmer weather, works crews have begun the roadside installations to accommodate a third season of the CaféTO program.The initiative was launched in the pre-vaccine era of the COVID-19 pandemic to help restaurateurs and bar owners conduct business in settings with reduced public health risks, and quickly proved popular with the public. Businesses had to submit complete applications proving compliance with the city’s guidelines by April 2 in order to be guaranteed operating space for 2022. However, city staff is continuing to process applications received after that date.This year, operators of sidewalk and curb lane patios can also apply to the CaféTO Property Improvement Program, which will provide grants to cover up to 50 per cent of various design preparations and furnishings, to a maximum of $5,000, and up to 50 per cent of accessibility improvements to a maximum of $2,500.As well, amplified live music will be allowed from May until November at pre-approved patios during specified evening and afternoon hours from Thursday to Sunday. Although still a pilot program, after a trial run in four of the city’s 25 wards last year, it has spread out to eight for 2022.Musicians seeking performance opportunities can apply through the city’s portal, contact Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) within the eight wards — primarily comprising the old city of Toronto and Scarborough Centre — or directly contact participating venues.“I am thrilled to welcome back what will be an exciting patio season in Toronto,” says Toronto Mayor John Tory. “The CaféTO and the Amplified Live Music on Patios programs are just two of the many ways we are adding vibrancy back to our city while also encouraging residents to dine and support local restaurants and bars and musicians.” (ICE TORONTO)

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