Toronto increasing inspections after many complaints about bars, restaurants

Jul 17 2020, 10:41 am

City officials will be increasing inspections of Toronto bars and restaurants this weekend following complaints about non-compliance with bylaws.

While food-service establishments across the city continue to be open for delivery, takeout and outdoor dining only, a number of mandatory safety measures are supposed to be implemented across the board.

Customers should only be inside a restaurant or bar to access an outdoor dining area (walking through to a back patio, for instance), to pick up food, to pay or to use the washroom.

While indoors for any of the above reasons, both customers and employees must wear a mask, as required by the establishment’s mask policy and the City’s Mask or Face Covering Bylaw.

According to officials, the City has received many complaints regarding restaurants and bars not following physical distancing requirements, and illegally offering customers indoor dining.

In response to such complaints, enforcement officers from Municipal Licensing and Standards, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Service, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will team to increase inspections of liquor-licensed establishments in the city this weekend.

This move, the City says, aims to “address businesses that, despite widespread efforts to educate them on public health requirements to keep their customers, employees and the public safe, continue to disobey provincial orders.”

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