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Hi there,

Restaurants Canada is continuing to monitor responses to the evolving public health situation across the country so that we can provide you with the most relevant information for your operations.

Here's what you need to know right now:

Ontario declares state of emergency

Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in Ontario in response to the escalating public health threat posed by COVID-19.

Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act grants the government broad powers in an emergency, including the ability to prohibit or regulate travel in specified areas, close any private or public place, and establish facilities for the care, welfare, safety and shelter of individuals.

As part of the declaration, the province is prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people and mandating the immediate closure of daycares, private schools, libraries, and indoor recreational facilities, including bars and theatres, until March 31.

Restaurants will be permitted to remain open but will be limited to takeout, including drive-thru, and delivery.

Premier Ford also announced an additional $300M in funding for enhanced healthcare services.

Learn more: Read the official statement from the Ontario government.

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.

More industry-relevant resources and information

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