More outdoor space for the restaurant trade
To support Basel restaurateurs who have been affected by the measures taken to tackle coronavirus, the Government is temporarily allowing them to extend their existing outdoor seating. Seating can be extended immediately and extensions are not subject to approval, provided that they satisfy the conditions specified, particularly the safety requirements. The department for the administration of common land [Allmendverwaltung] must be notified of extensions onto the road or on roads with no pavements.
The measures against coronavirus have hit the restaurant trade hard. The Government is therefore supporting the Basel restaurant trade where possible during the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurants and cafés can temporarily extend their existing approved outside seating, provided that this satisfies the conditions specified, particularly the safety requirements. Establishments do not need to go through an approval process. The department for the administration of common land must be notified in advance, by means of the layout plan, of extensions onto the road or on roads with no pavements. The aim is for restaurants and cafés to use space outside to offer a maximum of the same amount of seating as before, despite social distancing regulations. The extension must not restrict access for the emergency services or obstruct escape routes. A passageway of at least two metres’ width must remain open to passers-by on the pavement. If they wish to use space in front of a neighbouring building, landlords must obtain written consent from the landowner concerned. The regulation will continue to apply until social distancing regulations because of coronavirus are lifted and until 15 November 2020 at the latest.
More information: www.tiefbauamt.bs.ch/aussenbewirtung-corona