Focus on outdoor dining and trading this summer

Published on 21 September 2020

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The Victorian Government has outlined funding and support for the hospitality industry to serve customers outdoors as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

We’re working to facilitate this quickly so that restaurants, cafes and bars in Stonnington can start planning for the Victorian Government’s re-opening date outlined in their Industry Restart Guidelines for Hospitality.

Following feedback from our business community our immediate focus is to deliver two key pieces of work that will unlock outdoor trading space for businesses:

  1. A fast tracked process for hospitality businesses that already have footpath trading in place to extend this to neighbouring properties if they are vacant or with the approval of neighbouring business owners.
  2. A process for hospitality businesses to apply to use car parking out the front of their property for dining where safe or practical.

We're also seeking commitments from Victorian Government bodies such as the Department of Transport and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to free up similar state based time frames for approvals.

We have also received proposals for larger activation plans over summer such as road and street closures on weekends. We're continuing to review these as they are received, and will formally respond to people once our short term plans are finalised and rolled out.

We're also looking into opportunities to create ‘parklet’ style communal gathering spaces in precincts across Stonnington to enable people to meet, gather and relax.

Interested businesses can also:

More information.