Here's why Patios are on Guelph's Menu in a Big Way:
Health, Safety & Community
COVID-19 is STILL HERE, and it's NOT going away anytime soon. In Guelph, as elsewhere, the challenge is to ease economic restrictions and get more people back to work while at the same time CONTINUING to do the VERY GOOD JOB we have COLLECTIVELY done to CONTAIN the SPREAD of the NOVEL CORONA VIRUS which causes the COVID-19 DISEASE. Here's what we hope is a quick and concise synopsis answering the question, "What exactly is COVID-19?" The GuelphHomes.com gang, developers and sponsors of the GBPS initiative and campaign has produced a series of these 'flash-cards' by adapting WHO templates, created for exactly this kind of purposeful propagation, as critical elements of what we've deemed our mandate herein to be: we don't want to be - and won't be - simply a source of promotion and facilitation of 'good times, to be had by all.' In fact, as one would hope we're all very conscious that we could do more harm than good with this campaign, if we neglect to use the 'platform,' 'stage,' and vehicle to MAKE A MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION towards clarifying the mud-soup confusion and misinformation - most, but not all inadvertent - and that's where this 'flash-cards' - and a few other wizmos/gizmos in the same vein - come into play here. Please share any/all of these with your family and friends to the extent that YOU worry they aren't getting the 'facts' on COVID-19 for one reason or another; again, we augmented 'locked' template-content produced by the WHO for THIS EXACT PURPOSE - go, make some yourself, and share those instead, or simply send the ones which we've created and are interspersed throughout this website, and also will be found on both Twitter and Facebook DIRECTLY via the hastag associated with each, and/or on facebook.com/steve.dawkins or twitter.com/guelph_homes.
Anyone over 55-60 (depending on health/fitness level,) those of ANY AGE with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, those who have had pneumonia two or more times, among many, many other disorders or disabilities. Here is a clear and concise 7-Point remember that our GuelphHomes.com gang adapted from a WHO template to help combat misleading information: #StopTheSpread.
The Food, Drink & Entertainment sector is not only one of Guelph's most important industries from an economic standpoint, collectively this sector IS also a KEY element of our city's CULTURE, our HISTORY and most important, SOCIAL and INTERPERSONAL CIVIC ASSETS we share as a COMMUNITY. By further facilitating the expansion of every possible PATIO venue in the city, subject to safety and other over-riding considerations, our Municipal Government this week (hopefully!) is continuing the relatively admirable job its done since the magnitude and likely longevity of the COVID-19 crisis began to became increasingly clear - and dire. By the way, here's a clear, concise #TakeOutAndDeliveryFAQ which applies, obviously, not just to bringing home left-overs from a Patio, but to all brought-home/delivered Food & Drink items. PhysicalDistancing101 is another of the 'flash cards' we've produced, so please send along the link to anyone in your social circles who seems like they could use a 'refresh' on the subject - one of the VERY MOST IMPORTANT measures in the COVID-19 Prevention Toolkit!
GuelphBigPatioSummer.com is a COST-FREE means for Food, Drink & Entertainment venues lucky enough to already have an outdoor patio - which can hopefully soon be legally expanded - and those who have the option of establishing one, to help PROMOTE their OFFERINGS (Regular Menus, Daily/Weekly Specials and Events) without having to SPEND AS MUCH ON ADVERTISING & MARKETING. By using and engaging with this site (we'll be adding moderated REVIEWS and such within a week or two of our preliminary LAUNCH on Wednesday July 7th - the first full minute of Summer!) as well as SHARING and TWEETING about #GuelphBigPatioSummer you will making a material difference in the economic well-being of some of the nicest people in this lovely city - those that ARE our Food, Drink & Entertainment industry :-)
Less Risk = More Fun
Mayor Cam Guthrie introduced a motion early in June to enable expanding Patio boundaries where safe and otherwise feasible.
When European cities began to reopen a month or so ago, the ones that best held infection levels in check were the ones which kept indoor dining venues closed, but encouraged and facilitated the operation and expansion of Patio venues wherever possible.
Because outdoor airflow is much less 'friendly' to virus transmission than indoor airflow AND with both staff and customer PPE diligence & courtesy, and wider table-spacing than in pre COVID-19 days 'spread'/contagion rates associated with Patios were negligible.
Not just Downtown - GET AROUND Town this Summer - East Guelph - West Guelph - South Guelph, and yes, of course, Downtown, too :-)
As we grow our list of Patios operating in compliance with City & Provincial guidelines, be sure to try some of the great places in the North, South, East and West sides of town, too - a true cornucopia!
The principal objective of this campaign is, of course, to help the vital food, drink and entertainment sector of the local economy salvage and hopefully THRIVE this Summer, but we believe it will also help create a wider awareness of the rich, under-appreciated panoply of diverse ethnic cultures right here in the Royal City - and Food, Drink & Entertainment are, of course, the 'gateways' into each and every one of them!
REMEMBER: Plan ahead BEFORE you head out if alcohol and/or cannibis will be on your menu wherever it is you're heading. DON'T DRINK & DRIVE: PLAN to have #RedTopTaxi, #CanadianCab or #GuelphTransit take you home - PLAN Ahead & You WON'T get Dead.
PLEASE try to be COURTEOUS & KIND to EVERYBODY you encounter each day - one NEVER KNOWS what another is DEALING WITH in any given moment; we can ALL BRIGHTEN each other's day with a simple smile - that's ALL IT TAKES. The COVID-19 Pandemic, among other things, is a source of TERRIBLE STRESS & ANXIETY for MANY, MANY of us humans here in Guelph, just as it is most EVERYWHERE ELSE. So on a day when one happens to be feeling fairly confident, reasonably chipper, it's all the more important to share that positive energy and confidence. Instead of a "malignant" apex-narcissist, in the case of Donald J. Trump, be an 'infectiously optimistic/cheerful kinda cat. When you can, only when you happen to have that vibe, but I believe this to be a thirsted-for value, characteristic, behavior in the current socioeconomic cauldron in which we're all immersed, if not wholly submerged. Yet?
WHEN AT HOME, relating to those whom you are isolating with - if YOU'RE LUCKY enough NOT to be ISOLATING ALONE - remembering and LIVING the GOLDEN RULE will MAKE YOUR'S a MUCH HAPPIER PLACE! When OUT&ABOUT, 'living' that same, simple 'rule' is what it TRULY means to be 'cool' this year - collectively, Let's BE an Even BETTER City, Guelph :-) CLICK HERE and Fill out the CONTACT FORM if you have a Patio venue and would like to participate in this COST-FREE campaign.
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