It's one idea being explored to aid hospitality in the county.
Laois County Council is to seek funding for the installation of a retractable canopy in Portlaoise.
It would cover Main Street and help facilitate outdoor dining when hospitality resumes.
Fianna Fail councillor Catherine Fitzgerald put forward the idea which received cross party support.
Labour rep Noel Tuohy says it's important to put every support possible in place: