Statement in response to Ontario’s new plan to lift restaurant capacity restrictions

Published October 22, 2021

Restaurants Canada welcomes the Ontario government’s decision to finally loosen the distancing restrictions for the restaurant industry in recognition of the implementation of the vaccine verification program and other safety protocols.

Since the start of the pandemic, restaurants have always done whatever is necessary to keep their customers and employees safe. It was tough for our members to see packed arenas at the same time they were forced to operate half-empty seating areas.

Restaurants Canada is renewing our call for the provincial government to provide additional support for the hard-hit foodservice industry in light of the additional costs and revenue losses that restaurants have incurred from implementing the vaccine passport system.

Sixty-percent of restaurant operators responding to our latest Restaurant Outlook Survey reported a drop in revenue as a direct result of proof of vaccination requirements. When combined with the higher staffing levels needed and other costs incurred from having to enforce the new rules, restaurants need additional support to continue providing jobs and growing the Ontario economy.

Marlee Wasser

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