City of Vancouver issues 14 temporary patio permits this week to assist businesses coping with pandemic

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      The scent of food may be wafting through Vancouver to a greater degree this summer.

      That's because the city government has issued 14 temporary expedited patio permits this week.

      The approvals came after the provincial government allowed businesses to file applications for outside liquor permits. This policy change was introduced to help them cope with the loss of indoor customers due to COVID-19-related seating restrictions.

      According to the city, the new permit holders will be able to expand indoor seating into public street, parking, and sidewalk space by these businesses.

      The city has received 46 applications since June 1. 

      The Straight has asked the city for a list of the businesses that received the temporary permits and will provide this information when it becomes available.

      Under the program, breweries with manufacturing licences are eligible to apply.

      According to the city, three submissions have sought approval to create patios on private property.