Ontario indoor dining finally reopens July 16 after months closed

It’s been a long, hard road, but Ontario indoor dining is finally back on the menu. The province moved to Step 3 of its reopening plan on July 16, five days earlier than previously scheduled. That has seen indoor dining in the province open up again for the first time since Easter weekend at the […]

ORHMA offering COVID-19 safety webinar

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) is offering a free COVID-19 safety webinar to foodservice and hospitality operators. As the industry continues to reopen back up for the summer and Ontario becomes the final province to relaunch indoor dining, doing so in a safe and controlled manner will be vital. Staying in compliance […]

Quebec prepared to mandate vaccination passports for restaurants

Quebec is prepared to implement “vaccination passports” to stop people who aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from accessing certain non-essential services like restaurants and bars if the province’s situation deteriorates. Provincial health minister Christian Dubé said the move could come as early as September 1 if necessary, but that digital vaccination passports would only be […]

Ontario indoor dining ban now unique in North America

As Ontario indoor dining remains prohibited, the province is now the only jurisdiction in North America where eating indoors is still not allowed. Dining rooms across the province have been closed down for over three months since Easter Saturday, April 3. At that time, the measure was announced as being in place for a minimum […]

Manitoba restaurants resume indoor dining

Manitoba restaurants and bars reopened among a slew of loosened restrictions starting Saturday, June 26. Manitoba restaurants and bars can now open at 25 per cent indoor capacity and 50 per cent capacity for outdoor dining. Those dining indoors must be from the same household unless all patrons at the table are fully vaccinated. Up […]

Nearly half of Canadians plan to imminently return to indoor dining

With lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions beginning to lift across Canada and vaccine rates continuing to climb, more and more patrons are ready to return to indoor dining. According to data from The NPD Group, nearly half (46 per cent) of Canadians plan to physically eat at a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop in light […]

Half of restaurants may not survive summer if support is cut, warns RC

Half of Canadian restaurants may not survive summer 2021 if the current level of COVID-19 support is reduced as planned in early July, warns Restaurants Canada. The federal government is currently planning to scale back the level of rent and wage subsidies available to businesses after Canada Day weekend on July 4. If that does […]

Nova Scotia indoor dining reopens June 16

Nova Scotia indoor dining can reopen from Wednesday, June 16 as the province moves into the second phase of its reopening plan. The second phase will bring back indoor dining to bars and restaurants after a seven-week absence. Restaurants and other liquor-licensed establishments like bars, wineries, and breweries will be able to offer indoor and […]

Quebec patios reopen as curfew lifts after nearly 5 months

Dining on Quebec patios can begin again from Friday, May 28 as the province-wide curfew is lifted after nearly five months. Quebec has been under a curfew since Jan. 9 but the province is finally starting to relax measures as the COVID-19 picture continues to improve. From Friday evening, outdoor dining can recommence, albeit with […]

Latest Ontario reopening plan criticized by advocacy groups

The next step of the Ontario reopening plan announced by Premier Doug Ford has been criticized by provincial advocacy groups as not going far enough to support foodservice and hospitality. On May 20, Ford announced via the Roadmap to Reopen that restrictions will be eased gradually through June, July, and August. That will include restaurant […]