New Ontario Rules Will Require Bars, Restaurants To Collect Contact Info From Patrons, Require Patrons To Stay Seated

Friday July 31st, 2020

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The Ontario Government is implementing new measures at restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, officials announced Friday.

The government’s new measures apply to restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments and include the following:

  • The province says effective immediately, all patrons will be required to be seated at all times, in both indoor (for Stage 3) and outdoor areas. Patrons can only leave their seats while entering and exiting, while moving to a table, while placing or picking up an order, while paying for an order, while going to or from a washroom, or “where necessary for the purposes of health and safety.”
  • As of August 7th, bars, restaurants, and tour boat operators in Ontario will be required to keep client logs for a period of at least one month and to disclose the client logs to the medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request, which they say will support case and contact tracing. The province says bars and restaurants must “record the name and contact information of every patron who enters an indoor or outdoor dining area in the establishment, other than patrons who temporarily enter the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order.”

“Protecting the health and well-being of all Ontarians has always been our top priority,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These additional measures will help reduce close contact between individuals in these settings, and support case and contact tracing, thereby limiting the spread of COVID-19.”

Officials say the new measures apply to areas under Stage 3 as well as areas still under Stage 2.

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