Save Guelph Patio Zone

Save Guelph Patio Zone

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Jack Burdey started this petition to Guelph City Council and

On March 1st 2021, Guelph City Council voted against the return of the downtown dining district,  more commonly known as "Patio Zone." If council reaffirms that decision at its March 29 meeting, the downtown dining district that was seen last summer will not return.

During the 2020 summer season, Patio Zone acted as a safe haven for those stuck inside due to COVID-19. It provided an outdoor COVID-friendly environment where the residents and students of Guelph could attend to enjoy a taste of normality during these unprecedented times. 

There has already been a mass response from the public, who disagrees with council's decision. However, citizens of Guelph aren't the only ones disappointed in the removal of Patio Zone. Richard Overland, owner of NV Kitchen + Bar on Wyndham Street, said,

“From my perspective, literally thousands of people that I spoke to, and I mean thousands, everybody loved it. The citizens loved it, I loved it,” said Overland.

He that he agrees that the patio extensions last year were not perfect but they could become much better this year with designated parking for delivery trucks and designated pick-up stations for take-out food. 

“To pull it back is a mistake, if anything, we should make it bigger,” said Overland adding that he’s been working in Downtown Guelph for 15 years and has never seen as many people as the Dining District attracted." 

With the burden of COVID-19 still expected to be among us through 2021, reinstating Patio Zone would allow people to experience the same sense of community and normality that was present last summer, in a controlled COVID-friendly environment. This petition is to reinstate Patio Zone with better measures for local businesses, including designated delivery-drop off and waste removal areas.

 

Give yourself something to look forward to. Sign the petition. Be the reason Patio Zone returns to Guelph in 2020. 

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