Limerick City and County Council is set to waive license fees for outdoor dining and provide additional outdoor space in a plan to support businesses in Limerick this summer.
The Council will also be expanding the width of some footpaths that are deemed too narrow for tables and chairs in order to allow for greater capacity for outdoor dining.
In the past, businesses in Limerick could only apply for a licence for outdoor dining provided there was sufficient footpath space outside their premises.
License fees for any street events will also be waived by Limerick City and County Council, who will also facilitate street closures for outdoor events such as community festivals, street parties, and entertainment where possible this summer according to Covid-19 health guidelines.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Councillor Michael Collins said: “These supports announced by Limerick City and County Council will be very helpful to businesses across the city and county as they navigate their way back from the restrictions imposed by Covid.”
“The uncertainty has been very difficult for many businesses but as the summer approaches let’s hope the sun burns away the Covid fog and allows us to enjoy, celebrate and socialise outdoors while supporting local businesses,” the Mayor added.
These supports are provided in addition to a scheme from Fáilte Ireland and administered by the Council where businesses across Limerick can avail of grants of up to €4,000 to purchase outdoor dining equipment such as tables, chairs, windbreaks, heaters and more for outdoor serving for the summer 2021 season.
Vincent Murray, Director of Economic Development at Limerick City and County Council said: “I would encourage all businesses to engage with the Council as we re-open from the Covid-imposed restrictions. These supports, from grants to waivers, will help businesses develop their offering as we head into the summer. It is important we send out the message that Limerick is the place to be this summer as we hope to capitalise on the appetite for social gatherings in a safe setting.”
Businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector are being urged to avail of the various different schemes and work with the Council to identify where footpath buildouts can be located.
More information about all the schemes is available on Limerick.ie here, along with application forms, contact points and closing dates.