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Take-out restaurants, the LCBO, wine and beer stores are among the types of businesses deemed essential by the Ontario government. The list of essential workplaces and services was released this morning after Premier Doug Ford announced that all non-essential businesses in Ontario must close by midnight on March 24.
Brewers, such as Bellwoods Brewery, may keep their retail spaces open after Ontario government declares them an essential service.
Since March 16, when Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, gave a “strong recommendation” that all nightclubs, dine-in restaurants, bars and theatres close in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants have been relying on takeout to keep afloat. The news that they may remain open for delivery and dine-out options is a positive take-away from today’s news.
Under new restrictions in Ontario, only restaurants doing take-out or delivery may remain open for business.
In addition to the LCBO, beer stores and take-out restaurants, the comprehensive list of essential businesses in Ontario includes supermarkets, drug stores, wholesale food companies, hotels and pet food stores. A full list of essential workplaces may be viewed here.