More Ontario Breweries and Bars Allowed to Reopen for Patio Service This Friday

TORONTO, ON – The Government of Ontario has announced that Stage 2 of its COVID-19 economic relaunch – including the partial reopening of breweries and other food and drink establishments – will be rolling out in more areas of the province later this week.

As part of Stage 2 of the Reopening Ontario plan, restaurants, bars, food trucks, wineries, breweries and distilleries can start offering service on patios or other outdoor seating areas as long as sufficient physical distancing and cleanliness guidelines are in place.

Businesses in many regions of the province were allowed to reopen last Friday June 12th, but some areas – including most of the Golden Horseshoe and parts of Southwestern Ontario – were excluded due to not meeting the required criteria.

On Friday June 19th, Stage 2 reopenings will be allowed to take place in the Durham Region, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton Region, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara Region, and York Region.

Peel Region, Toronto, and Windsor-Essex County will remain excluded from Stage 2 for now. COVID-19 trends in these areas will continue to be monitored, and those that are ready to proceed to Stage 2 will be announced each Monday going forward.

For more information, including details on all businesses and services that are allowed to reopen as part of Stage 2, see the full list on the Government of Ontario website.

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