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Province announces additional measures for restaurants and bars

Patrons must be seated at all times, and those businesses must also keep client logs for at least 30 days
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As more areas of Ontario entered Stage 3 of the province's economic reopening plan Friday, the Ford government has announced some additional measures for restaurants and bars, to help control the spread of COVID-19.

The amended orders are as follows:

  • 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.

"Protecting the health and well-being of all Ontarians has always been our top priority," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "These additional measures will help reduce close contact between individuals in these settings, and support case and contact tracing, thereby limiting the spread of COVID-19."

Toronto and Peel Region both entered Stage 3 on Friday.

Waterloo Region was able to do so two weeks ago.

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