On Monday, June 8, the Province of Ontario announced that Orangeville, as part of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit, can move to Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening plan. Monday night Council acted swiftly to approve an expanded patio program that will enable patios to be available on-street within the Downtown.

Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including temporary patio spaces are permitted to open beginning today, Friday, June 12, with proper health and safety measures in place.

The Town of Orangeville moved quickly to enable establishments to open temporary patios, and to apply for new outdoor boulevard café permits. Boulevard Cafés in the Downtown core will be permitted to extend into the parking spaces in front of their restaurant, provided that adequate accessibility is maintained for patrons and the public. Information about the application process and the application form can be found on the Town’s website.

“Businesses have been hit hard; this is a key step forward on our road to recovery. I’m looking forward to getting out on a patio and I’d encourage everyone to support our local economy,” said Mayor Sandy Brown.

Residents can check out the Town’s Business Resiliency Map for more details on what’s open – the map is updated regularly and will include patios as they open. The Town is encouraging residents to get outside and support the local eateries and retailers, while practising the Public Health protocols for health and safety.