London businesses given green light to keep patios open until year’s end

London businesses will be allowed to operate patios until the end of the year, the city said Wednesday.

The move is meant to support business, especially restaurants, at a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the community and people may be wary of dining indoors.

“London’s businesses have shown that it is possible to create truly wonderful shopping and dining experiences while following all health precautions,” Mayor Ed Holder said in a statement.

“We must help make the transition into cooler weather as smooth as possible so businesses can continue serving customers safely.”

Earlier this year, the city moved to allow businesses to use public and private property to set up patios in a bid to support businesses following the coronavirus lockdown. The measures, extended to Dec. 31, were set to expire on Oct. 16 and Nov. 6 respectively.

Businesses planning to use the extension are asked to contact the city’s back to business team for guidance on the criteria for patios during the colder weather.

“Our community’s businesses continue to face tremendous pressure, and the city is committed to helping in any way we can,” said Jim Yanchula, manager of downtown projects.

Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the active cases in London and Middlesex County to 64.

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