Sidewalk Café season extended until October 15

City continues to #SupportFredLocal during COVID-19

The sidewalk café season in downtown Fredericton is being extended until October 15. The extension follows a request from local restaurant owners to the City of Fredericton. 

Sidewalk cafés have allowed many restaurant owners to extend their seating capacity and meet physical distancing requirements resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.

“As part of our ongoing #SupportFredLocal effort, we have been working very hard to be responsive and flexible to the needs of businesses during this pandemic,” said Coun. Bruce Grandy, Chair of the City’s Development Committee.  “I was pleased to learn that City staff were able to review the matter and respond back to restaurant owners within 24 hours of the request.”

In a normal year, sidewalk cafés would have to be removed from city streets and sidewalks by September 30.  As part of the extension, no additional fees will need to be paid to the City for parking spaces used to create sidewalk cafés. Business will continue to carry all necessary insurance coverage.

“I want to thank the 11th Mile restaurant for coming up with the idea and getting the discussion going with restaurant owners and the City,” said Ken Forrest, the City’s planning & development director.