No terrace without blocking the cars on the street

For that a street can accommodate several terraces this summer, it will be practically mandatory to make it pedestrian and limited access by car, provides the City of Montreal, in a document that our Office of investigation has obtained.

“In many cases, the construction of cafes-terraces, as they are known, will not be possible without piétonnisation “, refers to a document by the department of planning dated 22 may.

If multiple restaurants of the same commercial artery wish to have a terrace, there will be that “rare case where the conditions will help maintain good conditions of detachment [physical],” continues the document.

With the public health

It is also the opinion of the regional Directorate of public health, who has been consulted in the drafting of the document.

“The re-opening of shops will generate an influx of additional and this is in order to reduce the risks that we support the City,” says his spokesman, Jean-Nicolas Aubé.

Pas de terrasse sans interdire les voitures sur la rue

Photo archivesEric Alan Caldwell
Responsible for the mobility

“There will be no “one-size fits all”. It will not turn all the streets where there are terraces in the pedestrian streets, says the head of the mobility in the administration Plant, Eric Alan Caldwell. But it is clear that we must adapt. It works primarily to reduce the effect of the pandemic. “

The crux of the problem lies in the ” gatherings “, such as the queues in front of shops, which are presented in the document as ” the most significant risk to health “.

The City and the public health advocate to commandeer the parking spaces if ” the sidewalk is too narrow to accommodate both a queue and pedestrian traffic, while allowing the distancing physical “.

But once this corridor of health has been created, it would be necessary to go further towards the centre of the street to install a deck.

“A corridor health […] cannot be hindered by a café-terrace,” says the document.

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