It’s going to be a hot summer in Vancouver, especially with the recent announcement of the city allowing restaurants with patios to keep the outdoor spaces open until 1:00am.
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Up until 2013, restaurant’s patios had a strict curfew of 11:00pm. Last year, Vancouver extended the curfew until midnight to test the response. This summer will be the first time Vancouver will allow local businesses to extend their patio hours until 1:00am. This additional hour builds on the success of last year’s patio pilot program which resulted in 115 restaurants keeping their patios open one hour later than usual.
“As locals know, and visitors fast come to appreciate, Vancouver summers are amazing. I’m pleased we can work together with our hospitality businesses to provide a fun, vibrant experience to patrons even later this year,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This pilot will help us ensure we are creating lively streetscapes that contribute to our economy while considering impacts to surrounding neighbours.”
The City of Vancouver’s Patio Hours Extension Pilot Program was set in place to improve the patio experience for local and international diners as well as enliven the streets throughout the warm months. Through this program, restaurants were able to serve patio customers last year until 12 midnight daily – one hour later than normal.
Longer patio hours will come into effect April 1 and run through October 31. Restaurants with both small and large patios can apply to remain open until 1:00am. Currently, there are 298 active large patios and 301 active small patios that are eligible for the extension.
To be eligible, businesses are required to have:
- Up-to-date insurance
- All fees paid in full
- No patio noise related complaints on file in the last 12 months
Take that “no fun city”..