Brantford City Council Approves Temporary Patio Allowance

Brantford City Council Approves Temporary Patio Allowance

BRANTFORD, ON – At a Special meeting held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Brantford City Council unanimously approved a Temporary Patio Allowance for private and public outdoor patios to help local businesses meet the criteria to reopen under the provincial Reopening Framework, while following COVID-19 guidelines to protect public health and safety .

“The allowance grants all restaurants and other commercial or retail uses in the City of Brantford the opportunity to apply for a temporary outdoor patio extension from now until January 1, 2021,” says Mayor Kevin Davis, Chair of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force. “The City and Council recognize the importance of supporting our local restaurants and business owners during these unprecedented and challenging times.”

The City of Brantford was included in the province of Ontario’s Phase 2 regional reopening announcement on June 8th. As of June 12th, 2020, restaurants are permitted to reopen patios in accordance with COVID-19 preventative safety guidelines and measures, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) requirements.

“We hope the Temporary Patio Allowance will assist in economic recovery for local businesses seeking to re-establish operations, while adhering to and maintaining physical distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic”, says Joe Muto, Manager of Development Planning at the City of Brantford.

All applicants will be required to adhere to guidelines as set by the Brant County Health Unit, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. To apply for the Temporary Patio Allowance, please contact or call (519) 759-4150 and ask to speak to a Planner in Development Planning.

To learn more about the specific guidelines to obtain a Temporary Patio Allowance, please visit

The City of Brantford strongly encourages residents to continue to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community by practising physical distancing, not gathering in groups larger than ten people, washing your hands often and wearing a cloth mask when physical distancing is a challenge.

For more information about City service updates and the City’s ongoing response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, visit

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Media Contact:
Kelly Page, Communications Specialist, Communications and Community Engagement |
City of Brantford | Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5741 |