June 3, 2020
Coquitlam has introduced a simple, expedited process to help businesses set up temporary patios and outdoor spaces in as little as two days.
City Council approved a temporary outdoor space expansion program that will enable Coquitlam businesses to quickly and easily expand their food, liquor and retail services outdoors on their own property during the pandemic. As a second phase of the program, City staff are exploring the potential use of untravelled portions of sidewalks, roads and other public rights-of-way for similar purposes.
The adapted outdoor space process is an example of the flexible, reasonable approach Coquitlam is taking to adapt bylaws and policies during the pandemic. To support businesses, the City has been considering ways to streamline and relax regulations that do not negatively affect public health or community wellbeing.