Statement in response to Ontario Government update on lifting restaurant capacity restrictions

Published October 14, 2021

The statements by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and his team raised more questions than they answered today.

The statement that there is less risk in a 20,000 seat arena with people sitting shoulder to shoulder, unmasked and screaming than people quietly eating in a restaurant runs counter to every principle of preventing super spreader events with large crowds, and Dr. Moore’s own advice to not be loud or sing.

The government cites international studies and data from before vaccines were prevalent and prior to vaccine passports.

Since he was first appointed, we have asked to meet with Dr. Moore and his team and have received no response to that request. We have continually asked the government for data comparing the industries but have heard nothing.

Restaurants Canada is renewing our call to immediately level the playing field so that everyone is working with the same rules.

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