Toronto restaurant asks unvaccinated people to sit outside – .

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TORONTO – A Toronto restaurant is asking that unvaccinated patrons now choose to sit outside.

Oakwood Hardware Food & Drink, located at 337 Oakwood Avenue in York, made the announcement on its Instagram account, run by owner and chef Anne Sorrenti, on Sunday.

“With the volatility of the weather and our limited ability to have dinners indoors, we respectfully request that if you are not vaccinated, you choose to eat out when available,” the statement read. restaurant.

The owners stress that this is a recommendation and that they will operate under the honor system.

“Notice I said choose – it’s on an honor system and we hope people will understand that the well-being of our staff and customers combined with the precarious nature of blockades makes us suspicious. ”

While the company clarified that all of its employees are vaccinated, it said the decision was not meant to be a vaccine debate.

“It is about the fact that since there is no mandatory provincial ‘passport’, each company must compose [their] own vaccine guidelines [and] unvaccinated guests inside, ”the statement said.

Recently, Premier Doug Ford highlighted his opposition to the idea of ​​vaccine passports.

“The answer is no, we are not going to do it. We are not going to have a divided society, ”Ford told reporters on July 15.

However, the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table released a 21-page review last week with key findings on a potential vaccination certification program, recommending that they can be used in the short term to help reopen high-risk settings, such as indoor dining rooms, bars, gymnasiums, cultural and sporting events, early or at increased capacity.

Meanwhile, Oakwood Hardware acknowledges their decision could cause them to lose customers.

“I do not set these parameters without being fully aware that it could have a negative impact on the business of some of you,” the statement said.

“Either way, we need masks indoors and in public spaces when we’re not eating or drinking, contact tracing, and we expect those minor requests to make us all a bit more secure. “

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