A local government initiative to help the hospitality sector extend their facilities outdoors in the wake of Covid-19 is still open to Mayo businesses.

The scheme was organised by Mayo County Council as businesses returned to work after Covid restrictions eased and remains open to all cafés, restaurants and hotel proprietors across the county.

It allows business-owners to utilise, where possible, the footpath or even car parking spaces outside their premises as external dining spaces to serve customers.

A small charge is applied where car spaces are utilised by cafes to offset the cost of the attractive hedge screening provided by the council for protective purposes.

The local authority is refunding licence fees paid for outdoor footpath seating areas as part of the project for the remainder of the year to the businesses.

Eligible businesses wishing to avail of the scheme should contact their Municipal District Office.

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