Advocacy group urging province to assist restaurants struggling due to pandemic


Published November 16, 2020 at 11:02 pm


In response to the rapidly climbing number of new COVID-19 cases, the province has implemented additional restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.

As a result, restaurants have been particularly struggling due to these new limitations.

In response, Restaurants Canada is urging the province to set up a dedicated task force to help foodservice businesses survive this ongoing crisis.

Additionally, Restaurants Canada is requesting the Ontario government:

  • A framework for ensuring businesses facing significant restrictions are provided sufficient, efficient and effective aid to survive and recover from the ongoing economic and public health crisis.
  • Joint communications materials and campaigns to:
    • Reassure Ontario residents that restaurants provide safe alternatives to private gatherings; and
    • Promote takeout and delivery to show support for struggling entrepreneurs, restaurant staff and local food suppliers.
  • Data transparency and timely consultation, so that businesses can better prepare and adapt to evolving COVID-19 response measures.

“Since the start of the pandemic, our members have been investing millions to protect the health and safety of their staff and patrons,” Todd Barclay, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada, said in a news release.

“When jurisdictions experience rising cases, restaurant operators deserve to know why, and what they can do to continue playing an important role in the economic recovery of their communities,” he continued.

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