The provincial government announced a regional approach to reopening Ontario this week. Toronto is not yet in stage 2, but this is what it will look like: We will be ready!

Restaurants and bars

Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) can open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises.

  • Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different households, including:
    • using reservations
    • limiting number of patrons allowed in the outdoor space at one time
    • ensuring enough space between tables, including to allow for movement
    • access to indoor facilities is limited to patio/outdoor dining area access, food pickup, payment, washrooms or other health and safety purposes
  • Liquor sales licensees who wish to temporarily extend the physical size of their existing licensed patio, or temporarily add a new licensed patio within the approved period are authorized to do so, if all the following criteria are met:
    • the physical extension of the premises is adjacent to the premises to which the licence to sell liquor applies
    • the municipality in which the premises is situated does not object to an extension
    • the licensee is able to demonstrate sufficient control over the physical extension of the premises
    • there is no condition on the liquor sales licence prohibiting a patio
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