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More outdoor patio spaces popping up since B.C. restricted indoor dining

Last Updated Apr 6, 2021 at 7:46 pm PDT

Two women have drinks on the patio at an Earls restaurant, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Some sidewalks have turned into mini-construction zones as restaurants respond to public health orders

Fishworks restaurant owner says he's spending $22,000 on a large patio in front of his business

The City of North Vancouver says it received three permit orders in the last week

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s new restrictions on indoor dining are leading to a construction boom outside local restaurants.

When B.C.’s top doctor, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced the restrictions affecting indoor dining last week, Shallaw Kadir, who owns the Fishworks seafood restaurant on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver, says he was caught off guard.

“I had no idea this one is coming because I thought things were getting better,” he says. “They recently changed the restriction from six people to 10, so I thought things were going back to normal. That’s what I was hoping for.”

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But now, a large wooden patio is being built on the sidewalk as an option to help his business, and it’s costing him $22,000.

Kadir says his temporary permit expires October 31 although he says, “I’m hoping they’re going to let me keep it for longer for at least two, three years!”

The City of North Vancouver says three permit orders have been placed since the new public health order came down last week, for a total of 50 since the pandemic started.