Outdoor dining is creeping up on us quickly and the government and local authorities have been supportive in the reopening of this sector. The government have set up the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme to help businesses to upgrade or develop their outdoor dining area. Local Authorities and councils are currently seeking approval on proposals for allowing outdoor dining to expand further.
Galway City Council has recently announced the introduction of pedestrianised streets for the summer months as part of a trial for outdoor dining. The plans include a mix of full road closures, evening closures from 6pm and reducing traffic to a one-lane system in certain areas. 11 parklets with cycle parking and six traditional parklets will be also installed across the city over the coming months.
Limerick City Council has also being making plans to help businesses opening for outdoor dining. Cruise Street is to be given a large canopy to cover the street. Along with this there is a proposal for street closures and parking spaces to be utilised. Limerick City Council also unveiled plans for a number of build-outs in the city, some of which have already been approved and construction is due to begin in the coming weeks.
Dublin City Council has announced plans for outdoor dining in the capital for the summer months. After a successful trial run, Merrion Row will widen footpaths to allow for outdoor dining. Temple Bar have proposed a plan to allow for 3000 outdoor diners in the area with seating on the footpaths and roadways. Plans have been put forth for other streets to also allow for additional outdoor dining.
Cork City Council will continue to implement all the plans they put in place last summer to help with outdoor dining, including the development off on street dining in Prince Street. Offaly County Council have also announced plans to close a street in the town of Tullamore every evening of every weekend for the summer months. Other towns and county councils are examining proposals to follow suit with pedestrianised streets to facilitate street dining.
Now all that needs to be done is getting the furniture ready and the food packaging and to pray for sunshine for outdoor dining!