Parking restrictions and some traffic flows could change in Galway city to ensure outdoor dining is a viable option soon.
Extensive planning work is being carried out which may lead to one way systems or the closing of certain roads at specific times to facilitate controlled dining environments. Galway City Council officials confirmed that discussions are ongoing with the gardaí and local businesses.
Additional security, cleaning, and providing further public toilet facilities are other issues currently being explored by council officials.
Funds of up to €4,000 will become available through outdoor dining enhancement schemes, with eligible businesses able to apply for grants to purchase furniture. The council also hopes to secure more than €200,000 in order to carry out works in areas throughout the city to assist the sector.
Plans are currently being designed for Woodquay, Middle Street, Dominick Street Upper, the Small Crane, Ravens Terrace, and Salthill, while Forster Street could also be included.