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Vancouver extends patio season until October 2021

FILE - Gastown will have more patio space this summer to help businesses attract more locals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (CityNews Vancouver)

Vancouver extends its temporary patio program until October 2021

More than 400 patios have been approved by the city since the program launched

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The weather is getting a bit cooler, but enjoying Vancouver’s outdoor patios won’t come to an end over the winter.

The temporary patio program is allowed to keep going until the end of October 2021, giving businesses time to reconfigure existing indoor seating, while ensuring physical distance can be maintained between customers.

Since the program launched in June to help businesses through the pandemic, more than 400 temporary patios have been approved by the city.

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“The temporary patio program has enabled us to permit an unprecedented number of patios, using our streets and public spaces in new ways,” said Lon LaClaire, general manager of engineering services for the city. “Fall and Winter will bring new complexities, and we will learn and adapt as we continue to support businesses recovery.”

Businesses with patios on public property can submit their application to extend their patio online starting Oct. 23, while bars and restaurants with patios on private properties will automatically have their permits extended.