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Burnaby restaurants jump on 'Active Sidewalks' program amid COVID-19

Businesses will be able to add outdoor seating or otherwise expand into other outside spaces

Help is on the way for more Burnaby restaurants that have been hit by ongoing dining provincial health restrictions. 

Currently, dining indoors has been banned by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry as part of a "circuit breaker," which was implemented weeks ago when COVID-19 cases were increasing rapidly throughout B.C.

The City of Burnaby has created a program called "Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses," which is aimed at helping businesses that have not been able to operate fully due to the pandemic by creating more outdoor space.

On the Burnaby Heights Facebook page, a recent post says work has begun on Hastings Street to add more room outdoors for eating establishments. 

"There will be some hiccups along the way, and we ask for the public's patience as the City (and the merchants) figure out how to make this work with the least disruption possible," the post reads. 

"At the same time: This is an exciting opportunity! Many residents have been asking for more outdoor spaces to congregate, and we are glad that our City is trying to make that happen." 

The first restaurant on Hastings to activate their patio was the Admiral Pub. More restaurants will be announced as they open. 

"Thank you, everyone, for supporting local eateries and local businesses during this challenging year, and every year."

A full list of restaurants that have been approved for temporary outdoor expansions is available on the City of Burnaby website