In a press release issued on Saturday morning, the city said the three King Street restaurants had “failed to take the necessary steps to sufficiently protect both the public and employees from the spread of COVID-19.”
“Toronto Public Health (TPH) has found a disturbing link involving these places where many people are logged into more than one of the companies mentioned,” the city said. “In some cases, for example, people infected with COVID-19 were employed in more than one of these locations.”
According to medical officer of health Dr Eileen de Villa, city investigators also became aware of concerns about staff being forced to work while ill and found that the operators of some businesses were “often uncooperative” with officials. .
“In another case, one of the companies served buffet-style food, which is clearly prohibited by current provincial regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19,” she said. addressing reporters on Friday.
The affected restaurants are located within walking distance of each other on King Street in downtown Toronto and have been identified as King Taps, Casa Mezcal and MARBL, which have been reported for violating public health guidelines in the past.
In July, the popular Toronto restaurant came under investigation after a video posted on social media appeared to show customers and staff not following public health rules for COVID-19.
At the time, MARBL confirmed the video was genuine, but insisted it didn’t show the restaurant was in violation of public health rules.
A fourth establishment is in the process of being served notice, but has not yet been identified by the city.
TPH said the order will be lifted when Dr de Villa is satisfied that each facility has complied.
With files from Katherine DeClerq.