Toronto’s curb-lane patios will be removed in November for winter road clearance

Many popular CafeTO patios to shut down by November 15

Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee voted Tuesday to allow patio season in Toronto until May 2021, but that extension of the outdoor dining and drinking season will not apply to the city’s curb-lane patios. The popular curb-lane setups on Danforth Avenue and in other neighbourhoods will have to be removed by November 15 to allow for winter road clearance.

“As much as we would love to leave the patios in the curb lanes, all of those patios will come out,” Mayor John Tory said at a press conference Tuesday. “We have to plow the roads when it starts to snow.”

Upon removal of the curb-lane patios, bike lanes will be realigned to meet the city’s sidewalk curbs. ActiveTO bike lanes were also extended until May of 2021.

Even for the restaurants and bars that can continue to operate on sidewalk patios, the extension may not provide the business boom required to navigate through the winter months.

“This is Canada. Outdoor dining in below-zero weather is just not an option,” George Markakos, who owns Factory Girl on the Danforth told the Toronto Star.

So get out and enjoy those curb-lane patios and support your favourite local establishments while you can.

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