Some restaurant owners in the province are trying their best to make their patios as comfortable as possible with winter temperatures. This is because indoor dining has been banned by the government following a surge in COVID-19 cases. Some experts warn that too much protection against sub-zero temperatures may be counterproductive when it comes to slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Indoor dining has been banned until January 26 as the province reverted back to Step 2 lockdown rules. Outdoor dining and takeout are permitted in this step of the reopening plan. Allowing outdoor dining in the summer is one thing, but there are many restaurants that cannot provide that type of service in the winter.
Vice President of Central Canada at Restaurants Canada, James Rilett said “This really hit them hard… We saw a lost holiday season, and now we’re fully locked down. So it’s just very hard on restaurants. And a lot of them, even from the mental health aspect, are resigning themselves to deciding whether they want to continue or not.”
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