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Burlington Council Approves Insurance Rate Reduction for Business Owners Adding Temporary Patios on Public Land

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At yesterday’s regular meeting, Burlington City Council approved a reduction in insurance rates for local business owners who are adding a temporary patio on public land.

The 2021 temporary patio program will require restaurateurs operating a temporary patio on public land to carry $2 million commercial general liability insurance, naming the City of Burlington as an additional insured on the policy.

This is a reduction from previous years that required restaurateurs operating a temporary patio on public land to carry $5 million commercial general liability insurance.

The insurance rate is only applicable to patios on public lands and in effect for the 2021 patio program, running from April 15 to Oct. 31, 2021.

For more information or to apply for a temporary patio, please visit burlington.ca/patios.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

We heard you, and acted on insurance requirements. Lowering insurance rates for temporary patios on public land for a period of time will keep more money in the pockets of our restaurants who won’t have to pay the higher premiums for additional insurance. Burlington Council is committed to doing everything within our wheelhouse to support struggling businesses as they continue to weather the pandemic storm.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.

Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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