Province halts sale of booze at bars and nightclubs after 11 p.m. starting Saturday

COVID restriction also shuts down strip clubs

The province is putting tighter restrictions on entertainment services throughout Ontario in response to rising COVID-19 numbers. This comes as the province confirmed 409 cases of COVID-19, continuing a spike in cases that many experts are calling indications of a second wave of the virus.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, bars and other food and drink establishments will no longer be allowed to sell alcohol after 11 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on these premises is prohibited after midnight.

The restrictions announced on Friday also require that all strip clubs in the province be closed to the public. It also directs businesses and organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19. This could include requiring the screening of individuals who wish to enter their premises.

“As the number of cases have continued to rise, it is evident that despite the tremendous efforts of Ontarians further action is required to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “On the advice of Ontario’s public health officials, we are moving forward with these measures to help keep Ontarians safe by limiting the potential for exposure in locations where the current risk of transmission is higher, and to avoid future lockdowns.”

The majority of new cases reported over the past several weeks are among those under the age of 40. In Simcoe and Muskoka, the median age of new cases since July is 30.