The City of Toronto has launched a website for hungry residents to locate open patios across the city as indoor dining has been restricted for the region.
Mayor John Tory issued a tweet on Thursday afternoon introducing “To Go Toronto,” a new website the helps people find restaurants that are currently offering takeout, delivery, and patio dining.
“To Go Toronto gives locals the opportunity to further support local restaurants in a way that they are comfortable and safe doing whether through takeout, delivery, or patio dining. Businesses do not spread the virus, people do,” reads the official website.
Yesterday we powered up ‘To Go Toronto’ to help connect people with restaurants offering takeout, delivery, and patio dining. Restaurants are encouraged to sign up for free by heading to https://t.co/YCJ5rLXxaA and clicking “add my restaurant.” pic.twitter.com/VdOB6TfBYI
— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 15, 2020
On October 9, Premier Doug Ford announced that indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars, and other food establishments will be closed for almost a month to stop the spread of the virus in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa.
A modified Stage 2 came into effect on October 10 and will last for 28 days.
Restrictions and closures were also put in place for indoor gyms and fitness centres, casinos, performing arts centres and venues, and interactive exhibits.
The provincial government is providing $300 million as a form of relief to local restaurants affected by the closures, aiming to help with property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills, among other finances.
The Main Street Recovery Plan was introduced, allowing more flexibility for affected restaurants and businesses during this time.
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This new site is another way to help restaurants maintain business and also introduce more places for customers to eat.
“Restaurants are innovating and finding new ways every day to bring the food you know and love to where you are now,” reads the website.
“It’s vitally important both because people need options for meals now, and these options also keep our local economy going for thousands of businesses and employees.”