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City of Burnaby Extends Active Sidewalks Program into 2021

The City of Burnaby is continuing to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by extending the Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses program to October 31, 2021. Businesses that were approved for temporary outdoor expansions have the option to continue with the program throughout the winter and next summer.

New applications are continuing to be accepted. The City has created an expedited system to process applications as quickly as possible. A detailed guide to submitting an application can be found online at

About the Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses Program

Under the current physical distancing guidelines, space is at a premium for businesses. The Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses program permits local businesses to temporarily add outdoor seating or otherwise expand into outdoor spaces. This space can provide more room for patrons to maintain physical distancing, while reducing permanent business losses in the community. Expansion of business operations applies to both City-owned sidewalks (public space) and other open space within a private property.

Businesses may apply to use this space for:

  • restaurant seating;
  • merchant displays (e.g. racks, outdoor tables, etc.);
  • a pick-up/drop-off kiosk or customer queuing; or
  • other uses (applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

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