Councilors in Sydney’s Inner West Council have voted unanimously to speed up plans to enable the safe use of public spaces by local restaurants, cafes, bars and licensed premises.
The council will now develop outdoor and live performance guidelines to help local businesses recover from lockdowns and the cost of other COVID-19 restrictions.
Accelerating the plans will mean that guidelines should be in place to allow venues to take advantage of the state government’s roadmap for freedom, which aims to start opening the economy by mid-October.
According to the Inner West Council’s website, the guidelines will allow the Council to try:
- Use of public spaces – including car parks and temporarily closed main and side streets, and Council parks and car parks
- Accelerates new or temporary applications for eating trails
- A small grant program for hospitality companies to hire local musicians and performers
The draft guidelines will take a suburban-by-suburban approach to recognizing the different challenges posed by different areas of local government.
A similar plan to give places easier access to outdoor seating was introduced by the City of Sydney Council last year and was described as a hospitality shift by Paul Burnicle, General Manager of the Dolphin Hotel on Crown Street.
The council introduced a streamlined application process that makes it easier for companies to set up tables and chairs on lanes, walkways and parking lots.