Businesses given more time to make outdoor patios permanent

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Owners of restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will have more time to make outdoor seating areas permanent, allowing them to serve more people without disruption during the patio season.

Government is extending existing temporary expanded service area (TESA) authorizations one final time until Dec. 31, 2024. This provides time for local authorities to update their patio policies and for licensees to apply to make those areas permanent.

TESAs have enabled thousands of liquor-licensed businesses to create new or expanded outdoor seating spaces, such as patios and sampling areas, and give customers more space to gather. The TESA program was implemented in May 2020 as a measure to help the food-and-beverage sector through difficult financial times during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full BC Gov news release here.


And on that note…

Two BBOT member breweries receive approval to expand their outdoor patios

Dageraad Brewing and Studio Brewing have gotten the go-ahead to increase the number of guests they can host on their outdoor patios. The City of Burnaby recently approved permits for increased capacity, which will permanently extend the life of their patios which both began during COVID.

Dageraad’s occupancy will go from 50 guests to 100, with the approval of a 619 sq. ft. permanent outdoor patio with seats for 50 guests. Studio Brewing was approved to increase its occupancy from 48 to 78 patrons, with seats for 30 guests on a 683 sq. ft. outdoor patio.

Read more about these patio expansions in the Burnaby Now.