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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

B.C. restaurants can serve liquor later as banquet halls reopen

Effective Tuesday, June 15, British Columbia moved into Step 2 of its reopening process, meaning that B.C. restaurants can now serve liquor until midnight. Indoor dining in B.C. restaurants reopened on May 25 after two months closed as Step 1 of the targeted relaunch plan began. Under those terms, restaurants could serve liquor until 10 […]

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 […]