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 […]

BC indoor dining reopens after 2 months

Restaurants in British Columbia can reopen for BC indoor dining on May 25, when the province’s “circuit-breaker” measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 expire.  Indoor dining in the province had been closed since March 29. The provincial update on COVID-19 recovery on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that from May 25, people can eat indoors with […]

Nova Scotia indoor dining halted again as province shuts down

Nova Scotia indoor dining must close across the province for at least the next two weeks amid a new shutdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars must close for dine-in service, although contactless takeout or delivery is allowed. Retail outlets including those that sell food can remain open at 25 per […]

Alberta indoor dining shuts down again

Alberta indoor dining has been shut down again as the province moves back to Step 1 of its pandemic-recovery plan until further notice. Alberta restaurants are restricted to providing only takeout, delivery, and patio service as of Friday, April 9. This is the third time since last March that Alberta restaurants have been forced to […]

Ontario dining shuts down for at least 4 weeks

Ontario is shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining for a minimum of 28 days in response to rising COVID-19 cases. The province’s self-styled “emergency brake” response includes prohibiting all Ontario dining indoors and on patios, just weeks after many establishments had been allowed to re-open for dining and open patios. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru […]

B.C. indoor dining banned amid rising COVID-19 cases

B.C. indoor dining has been temporarily banned by the British Columbia government as part of new COVID-19 restrictions designed to curb an alarming surge in cases. The ban on indoor dining at provincial restaurants, bars, and other foodservice establishments is expected to remain in place for the next three weeks, until April 19. Patio dining […]

Dining restrictions changing in numerous provinces

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven time and time again that dining restrictions are subject to repeated and varied change. Two weeks before Easter weekend, the situation has shifted again in several provinces. Ontario Ontario has announced it will now allow outdoor dining in grey-lockdown zones including Toronto and Peel Region, modifying some of its COVID-19 restrictions. While […]

ORHMA urges changes to Ontario’s COVID-19 response

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) has written to the province to make two recommendations for how Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework could be amended to lessen the impact on the foodservice and hospitality industries. Noting that the government will rely on its framework as certain areas reopen for business after the winter shutdown, […]