COVID-recovery outdoor dining and live performance trial for Inner West

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Inner West Council will develop outdoor dining and live performance guidelines to help local businesses recover from COVID-19 impacts.

At last night’s Council meeting, Councillors voted unanimously for guidelines to be expedited to allow for safe use of public spaces by local restaurants, cafes, bars and licensed premises.

The guidelines should be in place to coincide with the NSW Government’s “roadmap to freedom” – the opening up of the economy in mid-October.

The guidelines will allow Council to trial:

• The use of public spaces - including parking spaces and temporarily closed main and side streets, and Council parks and carparks

• Expediting new or temporary applications for footpath dining

• A small grants program for hospitality businesses to hire local musicians and performers

The draft guidelines will take a suburb-by-suburb approach in recognition of the different challenges posed by different areas of the local government area.

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