Al Fresco in the Hills


Al Fresco in the Hills: Outdoor Dining Program

A Town of Halton Hills initiative, in collaboration with the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force

To support restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, the Town has launched the 'Al Fresco in the Hills' initiative. It will provide opportunities for additional dining space to help reduce revenue losses caused by necessary compliance with COVID-19 regulations. Al Fresco in the Hills was a two-phased approach to allow time for restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments to adjust their pre-COVID-19 operations. 

Now Accepting 2021 Applications!

Temporary Patio Program

Private and Public Patios Program 

The 2021 Temporary Patio Program is now open! Subject to the application process and temporary patio proposal review and approval, eligible restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments will be permitted to set-up temporary patios on their private property or in a public parking space or sidewalk in front of or beside their existing business. Approvals issued  are non-renewable and will expire on January 1, 2022.

Guidelines: Temporary Patio Guidelines

Tents: Appendix 1 - Tents General Notes


Apply Now

If you are interested in operating a Temporary Patio, please email the Deputy Clerk of Halton Hills, Valerie Petryniak Complete submission requirements will be confirmed upon contacting the Deputy Clerk. 

Reminder of Indoor and Outdoor Dining Guidelines and Regulations
Posted: July 22, 2021

The Province of Ontario moved to Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen on July 16, 2021. Per Ontario Regulation 364/20, to ensure public safety, restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments located in Halton Hills are reminded to follow all applicable requirements, including:

  • The total number of patrons permitted to be seated at the establishment must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person at the establishment
  • The establishment must be configured so that patrons seated at different tables are separated by a distance of at least two metres OR a plexiglass/impermeable barrier
  • *Any proposed tent must: have at least two full sides of the tent open to the outdoors; comply with applicable provisions of the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code; comply with applicable Zoning; and, not have heaters located inside of the tent or under any canopy.
  • Dining domes must have two sides or 50% of the enclosure open
  • Dining domes with an area of less than 10m2 do not require a building permit

*Please contact the Town of Halton Hills Building Division for more information on the Building Code requirements for tents (including building permits, clearance to other buildings or structures, design of tent supporting system, etc.). For inquiries on heaters, please contact the Town of Halton Hills Fire Department at 905-877-1133.

Additional Resources

Halton Region has created a patron list template and an entrance poster template for the convenient use of businesses. The patron list template can be accessed here and the entrance poster template can be accessed here

For additional guidance, please visit Halton Region's COVID-19 Information and Guidance webpage

Businesses Approved for Temporary Patios

The Town of Halton Hills is taking a streamlined and expedited approach to the review and approvals process for temporary patios. This approach ensures that businesses are able to promptly respond to the impacts COVID-19 is having on their revenue stream.

To date, the following businesses have been approved to operate a temporary patio:


The Red Harp Pub

Address: 137 Mill Street E, Acton

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Address: 256 Guelph Street, Georgetown

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Photo: Kelsey's Temporary Patio


Shepherd's Crook

Address:  86 Main St S, Georgetown



Shoeless Joe's

Address: 367 Guelph St, Georgetown




Madison's Restaurant and Bar

Address: 13850 Steeles Ave, Halton Hills



Appalachian Public House

Address: 68 Main Street North, Georgetown



Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

Address: 235 Guelph St, Georgetown

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Georgeview Open Kitchen Restaraunt

Address: 154 Guelph St, Georgetown



Hungry Hollow Smokehouse and Grille

Address: 136 Guelph St, Georgetown



Uncorked on Main

Address: 72 Main St S, Georgetown

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Table Top Tavern

Address: 30 Main St S, Georgetown

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Wild Wing

Address: 371 Mountainview Rd S, Georgetown

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Mexican Way

Address: 37 Mill St E, Acton


Norval Pancake Factory

Address: 71 Mountainview Rd N, Georgetown


Stacked Pancake & Breakfast House

Address: 280 Guelph St, Georgetown


Georgetown Marketplace Mall

Address: 280 Guelph St, Georgetown

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