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Dining Pods

Dining Pods

Summer is coming, and COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Our resilient community is ready to enjoy a Mallee Summer once again. One exciting way to expand street life activities while maintaining a safe, socially-distanced environment is through our outdoor Dining Pod Program.

What is a Dining Pod?

A Dining Pod is the re-purposing of parking bays outside a hospitality business, in the interest of increasing footpath trading and providing a safe, socially distanced environment for patrons. These are currently available subject to conditions and a demonstrated need, until April 2022, to support outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dining Pods will aid in managing the immediate challenges associated with the phased opening of business activity in response to COVID-19 by increasing already existing outdoor dining areas.

Applications have now closed

Dining Pods are repurposed car parking spaces designed to extend already existing seating and offer outdoor dining options for COVID-19 affected hospitality businesses.

Hospitality businesses can host a Dining Pod to extend their existing outdoor dining options. They will need to show evidence of capacity reductions due to COVID-19 restrictions as well as patron numbers.

There is no fee for obtaining a Dining Pod for extending your outdoor dining with Dining Pods. However you will need to have the regular Footpath Trading Permits, Outdoor Dining Permits and proof of 20 Million public liability insurance.

If you your application is successful, subject to conditions and a demonstrated need, the Dining Pod will be in place until April 2022 or so directed by the Business. If all restriction are removed by April 2022 all Dining Pods will be placed in public spaces.

If your business is selected to be a Dining Pod host, you will be responsible for the maintenance, furnishing and upkeep of the Dining Pods until April 2022.

  • Businesses must show that they have minimum $20 million public liability insurance and have informed your insurer of the Dining Pod;
  • If businesses intend to serve alcohol in the Dining Pod, they must apply to the Victorian Commission for
    Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for a red line extension
    , before they receive a permit. A Council local law permit is required;
  • All businesses must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place and must ensure expanded outdoor dining arrangements meet all COVIDSafe requirements under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act. You can consult the Health and Human Services Coronavirus website to ensure you are compliant with the current directions in force; or Councils COVID Support Officer.
  • The applicant must adhere to Council’s Community Local Law No. 2 and the Trading Code of Practice;
  • You must abide by COVID-19 safe regulations and ensure implementation as required.
For more information
Economic Development Unit
Phone: (03) 5032 3033

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