ORHMA outraged as Ontario ignores restaurants again

Following Ontario’s announcement on October 8 that capacity limits will be eased or removed for numerous businesses and sectors, the president of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) says he is “outraged” that restaurants have been omitted. “We are extremely disappointed and this is not right or fair to a sector that has […]

Testing high-touch surfaces in grocery stores for COVID-19

By Maleeka Singh, Lawrence Goodridge, Maria G. Corradini, Robert Hanner, and Steven Newmaster As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, and the virus continues to circulate, the transmission risks of everyday interactions may become an ongoing concern. A recent study at the University of Guelph looked at the risk of COVID-19 exposure from high-touch surfaces within […]

Alberta introduces stricter health measures & vaccine passport exemption program

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has introduced strict and sweeping new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including a form of vaccine passport. Apologizing and admitting fault for his government’s handling of the pandemic, Kenney announced a state of public health emergency on September 15. Alberta will now implement new health measures to expand capacity, increase […]

Ontario vaccine passport to be introduced in late September

Following the lead of other provinces, an Ontario vaccine passport is being introduced for restaurants and some other non-essential businesses from September 22. Premier Doug Ford and the province announced that a vaccine certificate showing proof of double vaccination will be needed to visit indoor food and drink establishments and nightclubs, as well as other […]

Delta variant affecting restaurant business, customers split on vaccines passports

As the long, long story of COVID-19’s effect on foodservice continues, the delta variant is wreaking havoc on restaurant business amid varying consumer confidence and mixed opinions on COVID-19 restrictions. Six out of 10 U.S. adults said they have changed their restaurant habits, according to a survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association Research Group. […]

B.C. vaccine passport coming in September as province follows Quebec

British Columbia announced on August 23 that it is following Quebec by becoming the second province to require proof of vaccination for entry to establishments including restaurants. The B.C. vaccine passport will come into effect on September 13, two weeks after Quebec’s goes live. Unlike Quebec’s, the B.C. vaccine passport will only mandate that patrons […]

8 out of 10 Canadian restaurants still barely surviving

The latest survey from Restaurants Canada has found that eight out of 10 surviving Canadian restaurants are still barely scraping by, nearly 18 months into the pandemic. According to the latest data drawn from the study conducted in July: Over half (55 per cent) of restaurant operators said they are still operating at a loss […]

Is asking for proof of vaccination the new restaurant normal?

By Tom Nightingale Across Canada, North America, and beyond, the debate around vaccinations has been raging since numerous vaccines became widely available a few months ago. Now, the hottest topic may be proof of vaccination. Much has been made of whether requiring proof of vaccinations — be they so-called “vaccine passports” or other forms of […]

88% of restaurants fear Delta variant surges will hurt their recovery

The long road out of COVID-19 is strewn with potholes and other hazards, not least the Delta variant. The highly contagious variant was first discovered in India in late 2020 and now accounts for the majority of cases in Canada and various other countries.  For example, 95 per cent of all positive tests in British Columbia […]

The hiring dilemma: Luring restaurant workers amid pandemic damage

Foodservice is facing a staffing crisis as many laid off workers show understandable reluctance to return. So what can operators do? By Tom Nightingale It’s been well-documented that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on tight-margin industries like foodservice and hospitality were particularly devastating as closures and numerous restrictions have affected the last 16 months. […]