To further protect the health of Ontarians as the province continues to re-open in Stage 3, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, has announced today that they are implementing the following additional measures for bars and restaurants:
- All patrons will be required to be seated at all times, in both indoor and outdoor areas, with limited exceptions; and
- Bars and restaurants (and also tour boat operators) in Ontario will be required to keep client logs for a period of 30 days and to disclose the client logs to the medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request, which will support case and contact tracing.
- Complementary changes are being made in respect of existing provisions relating to tour operators and tour boat operators.
Mayors across the province had been asking for this type of additional measures, including myself, and I welcome them for our community. I applaud the province for listening to the voices of municipal leaders and look forward to seeing these steps continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario.
The Province’s full media release can be read here.