Restaurants Canada has criticized the recent decision taken by the Ontario government to impose restrictions on the foodservice industry, asking the provincial government to take actions to support the industry.
“Once again, Ontario makes a move that will irreparably harm our industry without any consultation. The foodservice industry continues to bear the brunt of the restrictions and pay the cost of fighting this pandemic, despite having done everything they have been asked,” Restaurant Canada said in a statement.
“The data that we have seen show that restaurants are NOT the problem, yet we continue to be singled out and have never been allowed to meet with the Chief Medical Officer or the Ministry of Health to discuss data and strategies for restaurants, but have been turned down at every turn.”
“The decision hurts real people who are seeing their life’s work destroyed. We need support now,” it said.
Starting Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. and lasting until at least Jan. 26, indoor dining is prohibited in Ontario. Takeout, drive-thru, and delivery are permitted, as is outdoor dining with restrictions.
Restaurants Canada is asking the provincial government to take these actions to support our industry:
Immediate infusion of grants to restaurants
Deferral of HST payments to allow restaurants to keep money in their hands
Immediate opening of the portal to allow for rebates for property taxes and utilities to be processed expeditiously
Re-imposition of commercial eviction ban, which expired on December 31, 2021.