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Niagara COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Part 3

On behalf of Niagara’s Economic Rapid Response Team, we are asking for your participation in the third and final COVID-19 Business Impact Survey as we work to advocate for and deliver programs and resources to assist in the local economic recovery process.

While the preservation of public health remains a priority for all of us in response to the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, we all know the economic impacts and challenges are immense. This pandemic has been the largest economic disruption in the history of Niagara.

In an effort to plan for economic recovery and advocate for programs and resources that will help Niagara businesses through recovery, we require information from Niagara businesses in order to inform and direct our efforts.

Please take a moment to complete this survey before Friday April 16 at 4pm. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, but the information is critical for us to have in order to advocate on your behalf to ensure Niagara business get the supports needed for recovery.

They survey is available here: https://survey.alchemer-ca.com/s3/50100217/Niagara-Economic-Rapid-Response-Team-Business-Impact-Survey

2021 Outdoor Patios & Sidewalk Cafés

Notice of Passing of Zoning By-law 2021-31

The intent of By-law No. 2021-31 is to temporarily allow restaurants, bars and other similar businesses that serve or sell food or drink to have accessory outdoor patios and sidewalk cafés.

By-law No. 2021-31 amends regulations in the zones as noted in the attached Public Notice and permits an outdoor patio or sidewalk café accessory to the uses noted, where such use is currently permitted under the zoning of the property. The by-law also includes regulations for outdoor patios and sidewalk cafés. By-law No. 2021-31 effective March 26, 2021 until December 31st, 2022.

More information and details can be found HERE

Update to Indoor Dining Capacities in Red Zone Effective March 20

To support the province's economic recovery, the government is cautiously adjusting dining capacity limits at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, for regions in the Grey-Lockdown, Red-Control and Orange-Restrict levels of the Framework.

Effective Saturday March 20, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
in the Niagara Region (Red-Control zone):

  • Indoor dining capacities increased using a scalable calculation that will allow for up to approximately 50 per cent of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public, subject to physical distancing rules (seating with at least 2m between tables or impermeable barrier between tables)

  • Total occupancy cannot exceed 50 patrons in Red-Control

  • A sign posted by the establishment in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity (number of patrons) they are permitted to operate under.

The following guidelines and protocols have not changed:

  • Outdoors: 4 people per table

  • Niagara Region additional protocols: Guests must only dine with members of the same household and / or a maximum of two (2) persons essential for maintaining physical and mental health (learn more)

  • Take out, drive through, and delivery, including alcohol

Time Restrictions:

  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Not allowed:

  • Buffets

  • Dancing

  • Singing

  • Live music performance

  • Strip clubs (can only operate as a restaurant or bar)

Guests must:

  • Wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)

  • Give their name and contact information

Businesses must:

  • Manage line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues ensuring 2m distance and face covering

  • Screen patrons in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • Gather contact information for all seated patrons

  • Ensure face coverings on patrons except when eating or drinking only

  • PPE for workers including eye protection, required when a worker must come within 2m of another person who is not wearing a face covering

  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)

  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar

A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Transit Station Secondary Plan Area Zoning By-law Application

Council adopted a zoning amendment to implement the policies of the Transit Station Area Secondary Plan (OPA No.125) approved in 2018. The policies of the secondary plan support transit supportive development and the creation of walkable neighbourhoods with a mix of uses, a range of housing choices and new employment opportunities.

Adoption of the amendment will help accommodate the long term redevelopment of the Downtown area in anticipation of increased GO Rail service and ridership. An amendment during the meeting was made to accommodate a property owner whose property was to be classified as CB4, and will be reflected in Schedule 2 of the amending zoning by-law. For more information, visit the Let's Talk Niagara Falls project page.

2021 Reconnect Festival and Event Program Applications Open

Celebrate Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Reconnect Festival and Event Program for eligible festivals and events taking place between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Over the last year, festival and event organizers have taken innovative approaches to develop and deliver alternative programming while incorporating enhanced health and safety measures. These innovative ideas are creating opportunities for people across Ontario to reconnect with the beauty and diversity of their communities in new ways, whether in person or online, while providing local jobs.

For information on the program including changes to eligibility, funding priorities and program details, please see the Reconnect Festival and Event Program Application Guide.

COVID Energy Assistance Program

CEAP-SB

The Government of Ontario has provided $8 million to support small business and registered charity customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one- time*, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments. Small business and registered charity customers may be eligible for up to $1,500 in support towards their electricity and natural gas bills, and can apply for on-bill credits for both electricity and natural gas separately.

You must apply for CEAP-SB through your utility or USMP. Contact your utility or USMP directly as each may have a unique approach for application in-take.

Students: Be your own Boss this Summer!

The Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre has opened applications for the Ontario Summer Company program. Students who are between the ages of 15 and 29 and are returning to school in the fall can qualify for a $3000 grant to run a summer business of their choice, plus benefit from advice and mentorship from local business leaders. If you’re a student interested in entrepreneurship, don’t miss this chance to bring your idea to life and be your own boss. Learn more at www.ontario.ca/summercompany

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