Today’s announcement comes after three COVID-19 hotspots returned to a modified Stage 2
Over the next 28 days, indoor food service at restaurants, bars and other eating establishments in these areas will be banned, but they will be able to continue to offer take-out, deliveries and alfresco dining.
On October 7, the government released details of how it is supporting small businesses as part of its plan to restore Main Street by:
- Commit to permanently allowing licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol in food as part of a take-out or delivery order before existing regulations expire;
- Continuously allow 24/7 deliveries to restaurants;
- Support the distribution of local food and food products by increasing the range of products sold at the Ontario Food Terminal;
- Put an end to obsolete and redundant rules so that companies can focus on their work;
- Modernize regulations to allow businesses to innovate and meet today’s challenges;
- Provide mental health supports to business owners and employees in difficulty;
- Provide $ 57 million to federal partners under the Digital Main Street program and create new digital Main Street squads to help small businesses grow online; and
- Launched a new portal to help small businesses quickly find the support and information they need.
Ford has encouraged delivery companies such as Skip The Dishes to reduce the price they charge restaurants for delivery in order to support “ma and pa” stores.
Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement this afternoon in response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s press conference comes after the province ordered COVID-19 hotspots in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa to revert to a modified Stage 2 ahead of Thanksgiving weekend.
Gyms, cinemas and eateries inside restaurants in those areas on Saturday had to close for 28 days in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. The government has also closed casinos, bingo halls, and conference and convention centers as cases are on the rise across the province.
Ford will be joined by Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, for the announcement.
The media event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Queen’s Park.
Village Media will broadcast the livestream once it begins, so stay tuned.