A press release from the province received today, July 31, details extra measures to be implemented for restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The amended orders will implement the following measures:
- All patrons will be required to be seated at all times, in both indoor and outdoor areas, with limited exceptions; and
- Bars and restaurants (and also tour boat operators) in Ontario will be required to keep client logs for a period of 30 days and to disclose the client logs to the medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Acton request, which will support case and contact tracing.
- Complementary changes are being made in respect of existing provisions relating to tour operators and tour boat operators.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when public health measures or restrictions can be further loosened or if they need to be tightened.
It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice as more businesses and services reopen in Stage 3. This includes practising physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, staying home when ill, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.
Hilkene,A.(2020,July31) Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19 [media release]