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Hi there,

While Canadian health authorities continue to assess the risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada, various measures are being introduced across the country to support prevention efforts.

Restaurants Canada is continuing to monitor these developments so that we can provide you with the most relevant information for your operations.

New developments in Quebec

The Quebec government is now enforcing the following measures:

  • Most recreational and leisure sites must close until March 30, including bars, clubs, movie theatres, gyms, water parks, ski hills, amusement parks, arcades, zoos, aquariums, sugar shacks and all self-serve foodservice areas, including buffet-style restaurants.
  • Restaurants can stay open, as long as they are not buffet-style, but are required not to serve more than 50 per cent of capacity and keep distance between patrons. Compliance will be enforced with random inspections.
  • Takeout and delivery services may remain fully operational and are encouraged to do so.

Learn more about these measures on the Quebec government website.

New developments in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia government is now calling for the following measures:

  • Capacity should be limited, if possible, to 150 patrons in bars and restaurants, as well as at other businesses and organizations.
  • Social distancing of two metres or six feet should be practised, as much as possible, at bars and restaurants, as well as other businesses and organizations. (Brief interactions necessary for staff to provide service to patrons may still take place.)
  • Casinos in Halifax and Sydney must close and bar owners will no longer be permitted to operate video lottery terminals as of 12 a.m. on March 16.

Learn more about these measures on the Nova Scotia government website.

Restaurants Canada is at the table

Restaurants Canada is continuing to work with all levels of government to ensure the concerns of the foodservice community are being addressed as part of the ongoing response to this evolving public health situation.

We encourage you to continue visiting our dedicated COVID-19 web page where we will continue to share information and resources relevant to our industry.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Shanna Munro
Restaurants Canada
President & CEO | Présidente et cheffe de la direction