On Friday, City Council adopted a report to approve an expanded CaféTO program in 2021 and help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the on-going pandemic. The CafeTO website will be updated soon with further information and details on registration – here is the link:
We will continue to inform and consult with TABIA, local BIAs and restaurants and bar operators to ensure the successful implementation of CaféTO in 2021. The program this year will have an enhanced registration and installation process, improved public parklet areas and the ability for BIAs and restaurants to apply to install decks and platforms in their curb lane closure areas, where permitted. The City is also continuing with the lower $1 million liability insurance requirement for CaféTO participants.
Registration for CaféTO 2021 will open during the last week of February.
The City is aiming to have cafés installed before the May long weekend.
The registration process for CaféTO aims to be clear and straightforward. As in 2020, applicants will be required to provide certain documentation, including a valid business license and certificate of insurance. There will be additional requirements for applicants looking to install decks and platforms in the curb lane.
More information about CaféTO, including the café placement guidebook, details of information sessions for restaurant operators, and more about opportunities for outdoor dining on private property will be published as registration opens.
Attached to this email, you will find a blank copy of the 2021 CaféTO certificate of insurance.
This information is being distributed for businesses interested in preparing their paperwork ahead of the opening of registration.
In the meantime, if any of you have any questions about the CaféTO program, please contact the project team directly at email@example.com
I look forward to working with you again on the CafeTO program and can’t wait to enjoy outdoor dining on your patios.
A reminder for businesses from Toronto Public Health
Masks or face coverings are required for staff and customers in all indoor public spaces as per provincial and municipal law. Organizations are encouraged to create and make available a mask policy, as well as train staff accordingly. Not all people can wear a mask and may be entitled to an exemption. Organizations should train staff on who is exempted and how to help customers who are not wearing a mask for these reasons. Proof of an exemption is not required. For more information, please review the City of Toronto’s guidelines on face masks and coverings.
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