“Stay tuned” news on restaurant, bar capacity limits expected next week

"We have a comprehensive plan that we're rolling out next week."

The Ontario Government is expected to make an announcement surrounding capacity limits at restaurants and bars sometime next week.

During a Friday morning media conference, Premier Doug Ford was asked why capacity caps were raised at venues like sports stadiums, movie theatres, and concert halls, but not smaller locations like restaurants. He said they’re working on it.

“We’re going to get to the restaurants. We’re going to be rolling out a comprehensive plan, one that will stand the test of time. And I’m not going to rush it because anything you do in this pandemic, if you’re rushing, it can come back and backfire on you,” he told reporters.

“We have a comprehensive plan that we’re rolling out next week,” he added.

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“We’re preparing a consolidated Plan for this government to review next week, and I would ask that our business partners to stay tuned,” said Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore. “We’ll provide dates and timelines and data by which we anticipate further opening of the economy in a staged, phased, and cautious approach that will best protect Ontarians and our businesses and allow us to step forward and not step backwards.”

On Friday, the province announced a new enhanced vaccination certificate and QR code, along with an app that businesses can use to scan the code.

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