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Hospitality Outdoor Activation

This page provides information to assist councils consider how they can activate outdoor dining to support their local hospitality businesses flourish while operating safely.

MAV Outdoor Activation Resource Guide for Councils

We have collated a range of information, links and suggestions to aide councils consider ways to activate outdoor dining and creative use of outdoor spaces. The MAV Outdoor Activation - Resource Guide for Councils (PDF - 985KB) document includes:

  • Key messages
  • Key considerations for councils and businesses
  • Regulatory issues
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Suggested approaches
  • Compliance and enforcement.

Examples of Council outdoor activation policies and application FAQs

Many councils already have footpath dining or similar guidelines and these should form the basis of council consideration. Given the scale and duration of the likely outdoor activation through summer and well into 2021, Councils should consider updating or adding supplementary guidance to their standard guidelines outlining their expectations that businesses will be meeting the public health requirements outlined by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the COVID-19 public health directions

International examples:

There are various international guidelines available including from New York State Guidance (PDF - 428KB), New York Open Restaurants. Open Streets and NYC DoT outdoor dining guidelines.

Council examples

Information kits for businesses


Useful website links:

For councils:

For hospitality businesses:

Share your policies and initiatives!

If you'd like to share your council's policies and initiatives on this page email them to Naree Atkinson at

This page was last updated on 10 Nov 2022 12:33pm