During a walkabout on Friday, Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association board members compiled lots of ideas about extending patios, closing streets and other measures to help battered businesses reopen safely.
“This is a great opportunity, this could change the city for the better,” board chairman Brian Yeomans said, referring to the welcoming way officials at city hall are inviting ideas and applications from Windsor’s nine BIAs.
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City council last week unanimously approved a Small Business Action Plan that includes waiving fees this year for outdoor patios and street closures and speeding up the approval process to a matter of days, all designed to help small businesses rebound from COVID-induced shutdowns. Yeomans said city officials he’s talked to are excited about helping the BIA small business members rebound.
About a half-dozen board members took a walk through the downtown on Friday, talking to business operators and plotting measures the BIA could take to help them reopen while following social distancing rules, like allowing their businesses to spill onto the streets and sidewalks.