After months of staying home, more people are wanting to get out of the house to enjoy what they can of summer. While we are well into Phase 3 of the restart plan in BC, many establishments still aren’t open or have limited capacity. Being outdoors feels like one of the safer ways to enjoy a day out, and maintain physical distance.
Cities are scrambling to make adjustments to their bylaws and procedures to accommodate the public need and desire for outdoor spaces. Temporary patios, sidewalk seating, lane closures and pop-up plazas are just a few of the items that have been moved forward.
Private enterprises are making use of their own spaces for pop-up BBqs and outdoor seating, like the Fairmont Pacific Rim Summer Pop-Up. Cities all around Metro Vancouver are creating their own spaces; City of Vancouver is issuing more and more temporary patios to food and beverage locations, as well they have their own temporary Pop-Up Plazas.
The city’s temporary pop-up plazas give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from each other. Working with partner businesses and organizations, the City will make sure that the spaces are well cared-for, inclusive and comfortable.
See if you have a location in your neighbourhood, the City of Vancouver Pop-Up Plazas are located at:
- E 27th Ave and Fraser St
- W 13th Ave and Granville St
- W 14th Ave and Granville St
- W 17th Ave and Cambie St
- W 18th Ave and Cambie St
- 200-block Carrall St
- Helmcken St (Hamilton St to Mainland St)
- Main St (10th Ave to 11th Ave northbound)
- Main St (11th Ave to 12th Ave northbound)
For more details or to give feedback to the City of Vancouver on the program visit vancouver.ca