Several Toronto restaurants close temporarily in support of "social distancing"

Mar 16 2020, 7:36 pm

Update: Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has recommended new measures for bars and restaurants to stop in person dine-in service, and move exclusively to take out and delivery, no later than midnight Monday. 

According to De Villa, the fine could be up to $25,000 per day for businesses that don’t comply.


Attractions and events across Toronto are closing and postponing activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents have been advised to participate in “social distancing,” and now, several of the city’s restaurants are hopping on board the motion.

Select Starbucks locations and most Tim Hortons dining rooms across the country are closing as a means of limiting the opportunity for social gathering. But beyond the large corporations, smaller businesses are taking socially-responsible action, too.

Bar Piquette, helmed by Grant van Gameren, will be closed for “at lease the next couple of weeks.”

Rhum Corner, Grey Gardens, Le Swan, and Bar Vendetta, by restauranteur Jen Agg, are temporarily closed too.

“I cannot imagine something more irresponsible than keeping your bar or restaurant open right now (other than going to bars and restaurants),” Agg said on Monday.

Donna’s, the gem of Lansdowne and Wallace, has made the same call.

“We need to take these measures to get through this together,” the eatery shared on Instagram.


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Favorites Thai BBQ, Honest Weight, and Elvy and Flo have also shuttered for the time being.

Meanwhile, Maker may have had their last service for a while on Sunday evening, but that’s still to be determined, and Burger Drops has postponed its event scheduled for Left Field Brewery on March 26 until further notice.

The closures are sure to continue, so if you were of the camp that planned to order “no-contact delivery” this evening, considering calling your local eatery ahead of time to check their status of operations.

With coronavirus on the rise, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.

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