An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
AT FIRST GLANCE, the plan to allow restaurants to extend their patio areas all the way to the curb sounds a bit Rube Goldberg but it could have some benefits that extend beyond COVID-19.
Reason for the temporary change in rules on sidewalk sitting is that it will allow the restaurants downtown and on the Tranquille corridor to more easily ensure social distancing guidelines are followed, and serve more customers.
Retail sales areas are included in the new sidewalk plan along with restaurants.
The idea is that the restaurants and stores could either use the entire width of the sidewalk and provide a walk-around in the adjacent parking stalls, or infringe into the parking stalls and leave room to walk past on the sidewalk.
Sounds like it could be chaotic but it just might work.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.