Toronto patios back in business

Press Release

Toronto restaurants and bars can once again serve guests on their patios as the city enters Stage 2 of reopening.

Nearly 8,000 restaurants and bars, including more than 1,400 restaurants with existing licensed patios, sidewalk cafés, or parklet permits, are now able to offer delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only, with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions.

In addition, if city council approves the proposed CaféTO program at its meeting on June 30, more outdoor dining areas can be added to help some restaurants and bars create physical distancing for patrons on patios during the summer months. To date, the City has received more than 250 completed applications. Businesses can email cafeTO@toronto.ca with questions about the program.

Toronto mayor John Tory commented, “Today is an exciting day for Toronto as many businesses around the city can safely reopen their doors to the public after patiently waiting for months to do so. I would like to reiterate my thanks to all Toronto residents and business owners who followed public health advice, helped us achieve progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community and made it possible for us to arrive to this day. We are reopening because the vast majority of Toronto residents and businesses did the right thing. Now it is so important that we keep doing the right thing and following public health advice so that we continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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