Halton Hills prioritizing patio dining

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The Town of Halton Hills is allowing restaurants that have set up outdoor patios for dine-in guests to further expand them.

On June 18, the Town launched the 'Al Fresco in the Hills,' initiative, which was intended to support local restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments.

Since then, more than 12 businesses have taken advantage of this program, which was designed to easily allow restaurants to easily set up a temporary, outdoor dining space that can safely offer dine-in options for customers.

Additionally, a new streamlined and expedited process has been established to implement Al Fresco in the Hills, and interested business owners are encouraged to apply.

"As businesses slowly begin to re-open, the focus of the Town and the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force has shifted to supporting an economic restart while recognizing public health as the top priority," Mayor Rick Bonnette said in a news release.

"Al Fresco in the Hills is one of many initiatives that the Town is implementing to help businesses adjust to the new normal and is another example of how we continue to provide proactive and meaningful support to our local business community during these unprecedented times," he continued.

Al Fresco in the Hills will be implemented in two phases; Phase One launched in June and temporarily allows restaurants to set up patios until October 31.

Phase Two will provide additional outdoor dining opportunities in larger public spaces, and accommodate take-out patrons by encouraging them to dine downtown in a safe manner.

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