November 28, 2022
Burlington Economic Development Advocates for Permanent Patios
Burlington, Ont.— Nov. 28, 2022– Throughout the pandemic Team Burlington which includes Burlington Economic Development, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Burlington, Burlington Downtown Business Association and the Aldershot Village BIA have advocated on behalf of businesses. The Hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit sectors by COVID-19 and faces significant barriers to sustainability. Increasing fixed operating costs remain an issue for restaurants and they are struggling with increased rents, insurance premiums, and the new minimum wage all of which are increasing the costs of operating their business. At the same time inflation is adding additional costs for the business and decreasing the disposable income that customers are able to spend on restaurants. While the grants and other supports in place to help businesses through the impacts of COVID-19 have ended the hospitality sector is still facing many obstacles to survival.
On behalf of Team Burlington, a letter is being submitted, calling on the City of Burlington to remove all barriers and additional costs to support Burlington businesses and encourage their survival. In line with previous years, we are asking that Council give consideration to decreasing the patio liability insurance minimum to $2 Million dollars for 2022 to support businesses trying to survive the impacts of COVID-19.
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