|Mornington Peninsula Shire has introduced extended footpath trading and a new ‘parklets’ program to support local restaurants and cafes as COVID-19 restrictions ease over spring and summer.|
Parklets and other additional outdoor dining space will be crucial for the Peninsula’s food businesses to re-open and remain profitable while complying with social distancing measures and space restrictions.
Parklets are temporary outdoor dining spaces set up by businesses on car parking spaces outside shopfronts. They use seating and planting to create a welcoming space to sit and dine while allowing for increased social distancing.
They will provide a much-needed economic boost to our local food businesses after months of business restrictions and a welcome opportunity for people to reconnect socially outdoors while supporting local businesses.
The Shire is working closely with chambers of commerce and traders to identify practical places for parklets in our townships’ shopping strips. This includes areas such as Main Street, Mornington, and Point Nepean Road in Dromana and Rye.
The new outdoor dining areas will be rolled out as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow.
Food businesses are encouraged to submit an expression of interest for extended outdoor dining and find out what they can do to prepare for a permit application.