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Transportation committee supports 2 a.m. closing time for patios in Ottawa

City staff recommend allowing patios on sidewalks and roads to have the option of staying open later this year as a way to help small businesses cope with the economic disaster created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Council will vote on the matter on March 10, 2021.

The committee in charge of overseeing a program that allows restaurant patios to encroach on city property has supported a 2 a.m. closing time.

City staff recommend allowing patios on sidewalks and roads to have the option of staying open later this year as a way to help small businesses cope with the economic disaster created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coun. Tim Tierney, chair of the transportation committee, said during a meeting Wednesday that the city needs to do what it can to give small businesses “an opportunity to survive” in the second year of the pandemic.

Closing times for patios on city property vary, depending on their locations and how long they’ve been operating. The staff-proposed 2 a.m. closing time in 2021 would apply to all patios on city property.

There wasn’t a total buy-in on the proposed 2 a.m. patio closing time.

Councillors Jeff Leiper and Mathieu Fleury dissented on the staff recommendation, but they supported other proposals to authorize street closures for economic recovery programs and retail space outside of shops.

Council will vote next Wednesday.

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