THE South Gippsland Shire Council is considering creating new spaces for hospitality businesses so they can seat more people outside.

There will be a major easing of restrictions on Thursday which will mean diners can eat and drink at the venue (restrictions apply – see separate story), as opposed to takeaway.

The shire’s Economic Development Tourism Unit, in an email to businesses today (Tuesday, September 15) said they were “keen to explore a range of solutions to help mitigate” the impacts on business from COVID-19.

“One possible solution is expanding the scope for outdoor dining temporarily in the shire by creating extra or new spaces for hospitality businesses to have additional seating for their patrons.

“Would extra outdoor spaces be of interest to your business at this time? We would really like to hear your view on this possible temporary option by answering the following questions:

  • What do you see these spaces looking like?
  • Where would you like to see these spaces created?
  • Do you have room at your business for extra outdoor spaces?
  • How would COVID-safe controls be managed?
  • Would these spaces benefit your business and your town throughout the restriction period?
  • Would you be interested in pursuing this idea with council further?”

Email your response to Melinda.mclennan@southgippsland.vic.gov.au.