The City paves the way for more vibrant places with patios, sidewalk cafes, outdoor retail and more Shared Streets
May 19, 2020

Edmontonians will be able to lounge on more patios, shop along more sidewalks and enjoy moving safely on more streets this summer. Effective today, May 19, rules for new temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail operations are relaxed. Businesses will still be required to meet all public health requirements and provincial guidelines but will have the opportunity to increase maximum capacity in safe ways, from now until the end of 2020. 

New City guidelines developed for temporary outdoor patios, sidewalk cafes and retail expansions focus on safety and shared accountability while reducing administrative requirements. 
  • Businesses can register online to open new temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail space by agreeing to follow the new guidelines.
  • This is done through a simple, no-fee form available at
  • Once the online form is completed, businesses will be able to open the new and expanded patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail space immediately. Businesses will not be required to wait for approval, but must follow the City’s guidelines at all times. 
  • We all have a role to play in supporting each other and local businesses to enable our neighbourhoods to be vibrant and safe places. We thank businesses, Business Improvement Areas, patrons and residents, for working together to make temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail spaces a success.
The City is also adding to the list of Shared Streets and lane closures to provide more space for physical distancing. Shared Streets are open to those who are walking, cycling, and driving. Since everyone is using the same space, the speed limit is reduced to 20 km/hr. 

Effective Tuesday, May 19 - Shared Streets
  • 84 Avenue (109 St to 112 Street) 
  • University Ave (109 St to 114 Street) 

Effective Friday, May 22 - Lane closures
  • 103A Avenue (Jasper Ave to 99 Street) 
  • Jasper Avenue (103A Ave to 82 Street) 
  • 82 Street (Jasper Avenue to 112 Avenue)  
  • 112 Avenue (82 street to 112 Avenue S) 

The complete list can be found online: Shared Streets
For more information:

Media contact:
Communications Advisor
Communications and Engagement