Restaurants and bars in Toronto will be permitted to offer indoor dine-in service, as the city enters Stage 3 of the economic reopening on Friday.
A release from the city confirms that “subject to compliance with reopening conditions and implementation of mandatory public health measures,” eat-in restaurants and bars will once again be able to offer you a seat to enjoy your meal.
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“While many Torontonians are excited for this new development, the dine-in experience will be changed,” the city said, “and people should be prepared for new precautions established specifically for indoor settings, where close contact presents a higher risk of virus spread.”
Both regulations laid out by the province, and additional measures approved by city council this week, add a few conditions when it comes to dining-in in Toronto.
A few of the new requirements include capacity and table size limits to ensure physical distancing indoors; staff screening; mandatory record-keeping of all patrons, which will be available to Toronto Public Health if needed; and requiring that patrons must remain seated at all times, except for going to or from the washroom or paying.