Three bars in Toronto’s Village have officially closed down due to COVID-19 cases.
On Sunday, Woody’s & Sailor confirmed that a staff member had tested positive for the virus.
The staff’s most recent shifts were on Sunday, September 20 from 3 pm to 8 pm, and Tuesday September 22 from 8 pm to close.
“We have reported this to Toronto Public Health and have had preliminary instructions. Although we were told we did not have to close, we have decided not to open the bar or patio today and until further notice,” the statement said.
“We will continue to follow all protocols and safety procedures from Toronto Public Health. We take the health and well-being of our staff, patrons and the community very seriously.
Wear your mask. Sanitize and Social Distance. Consider getting tested, if you fall into testing guidelines.”
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Also on Sunday, O’Grady’s on Church decided to close their business on September 28 until further notice due to recent events in the Church-Wellesley Village.
“We have strongly encouraged all staff members to get tested for COVID-19 during this closure. We will be conducting a thorough cleaning during this time,” the statement said.
None of the staff have tested positive and the business was not instructed to close. Everything being done is a precaution.
“We will continue to follow the Ontario Public Health Guidelines and hope to re-open in a safe and timely manner.”
And the popular drag bar Crews & Tangos confirmed one of it performers and one patron had tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
The business asked all patrons who visited the bar between September 18 to September 20 to get themselves tested.
They said the bar will be closed for four to five days.
With Toronto reporting 381 cases on Monday, the city’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said that there is an “immediate and rising risk” of COVID-19 resurgence.
De Villa said she will be recommending to City Council several restrictions for Toronto including reducing the total number of patrons inside bars and restaurants from 100 to 75, as well as getting contact information from each customer, and limiting the number of people per table from 10 to six.
Music will also be recommended to not be louder than conversations to reduce the risk of leaning in, and people speaking loudly, which de Villa said heightens the risk of infection.
De Villa said that there is nothing inherently wrong with the hospitality industry, but there is a “potential level of risk distinct to it.”