What Phase 3 Means for Restaurants and Bars

What Phase 3 Means for Restaurants and Bars

Under the Province of Ontario’s Stage 3 re-opening order, bars and restaurants will be permitted to offer indoor dine-in service, as long as new measures are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to the current rules and guidelines set out by the Government of Ontario, City Council passed new by-laws this week to further ensure the safety of Toronto restaurant patrons. These include:

  • Making sure customers remain seated except when entering or exiting, using the washroom, or paying
  • Separating tables by at least two metres or having plexiglass or other impermeable barriers separating them
  • Requiring regular cleaning and disinfecting of items like payment terminals
  • Maintaining customer logs that include contact information  and date and time of visit to be used for contact tracing purposes and ensuring those logs are kept for 30 days
  • Establishing protocol so that staff don’t come to work sick, and are checked for illness before their shift starts
  • Limiting indoor capacity in restaurants and bars to a maximum of 100 people
  • Limiting the number of customers who may be seated at the same table to a maximum of 10

These steps are being taken to ensure that we can re-open bars and restaurants, but also to ensure that residents and staff can remain safe.

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