With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Ontario, the Ford government ordered bars and restaurants to close earlier. These types of businesses are now required to close at midnight, except for takeout and delivery options, and last call for alcohol is now 11 p.m.
With so much uncertainty, owners and operators have concerns, however, it is not stopping them to prepare for the future.
"We've been in the full lockdown before, we know what that means, we know how it impacts individuals, sense of safety and mental health," said Jody Palubiski, CEO and Partner at Charocal Group of Restaurants. "So we get concerned for the community at large, we're certainly always trying to understand how we can best prepare in our business for a variety of different outcomes, but every day there's always a different way of looking at it."
Bar and restaurant hours vary, and these time restrictions can impact the business in some way.
"Depending on the style of your business it might be the peak hours of when you receive the greatest revenue opportunities, or if you're a restaurant you might be on the tail end of that, but in some way, this will affect many businesses from a revenue perspective," said Palubiski.
After hearing the announcement, Palubiski added what he has heard from bars and restaurant operators so far is that most are relieved about the changes made to hours.
"And general support because I think we all get concerned when we see COVID-19 numbers going up, and it seems the Ontario government has a lot of information that leads them to make this decision."
The province has also ordered all strip clubs to close, and businesses must screen anyone who enters the premises.