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Toronto restaurants that have closed due to reported COVID-19 cases

Toronto restaurants that have closed due to reported COVID-19 cases

Toronto restaurants that have closed due to reported COVID-19 cases

As Toronto begins to see a surge in COVID-19 cases, Public Health Officials are gearing up for an impending second wave. The province reported 700 new coronavirus cases on Monday -- the most in a single day since the outbreak began late January.

Premier Doug Ford told reporters that Ontario is indeed embarking on its second wave during his Monday press conference, which will be "more complicated [and] more complex" than the first.

Though no calls have been made for a return to Stage 2, Toronto Medical Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa is urging the City council to take immediate action -- namely, tightening restrictions and public health measures around restaurants and bars. Last week, the province implemented a curfew for restaurants and bars in Ontario, prohibiting the sale of alcohol beyond 11 p.m. and enforcing establishments close by 12 a.m.

These new restrictions are due in part to the cluster of outbreaks linked to restaurants and bars among young adults in the last few weeks. Here is a quick rundown of Toronto restaurants and bars that have reported COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks:

Gusto 101

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To our Gusto 101 Famiglia, For many, Gusto 101 is a home-away-from-home. A place where the $1/oz house wine flows and mafalde ai fungi and cavolo nero are plentiful. While we have taken every step possible to ensure your second home here at 101 Portland St is one where you feel safe to eat, even during the most uncertain of times, it’s on days like today where we are reminded that this world is a hard one for restaurants, the awesome hospitality workers who keep us going, and our wonderful guests that continue to support us when we need it most. Through the lens of safety and transparency (the only way forward), we are saddened to announce that one of our team members at Gusto 101 has tested positive for COVID-19. This team member, who’s last shift at Gusto 101 was Saturday, September 26th, went to get tested out as a precaution and is currently quarantined at home. While not mandatory, we have immediately closed our restaurant until further notice as our guest and team member safety will always be number one. During this time, we are taking the following action: ⠀ ⠀ ∙ Gusto 101 will be professionally sanitized to eradicate the possibility of any surface contamination⠀ ∙ The full team at Gusto 101 is in self-isolation and will be required to get tested for COVID-19.  A clean bill of health will be required before returning to work.⠀ ∙ Contact tracing details have been shared with Public Health and those who they deem to be at-risk will be contacted. It is highly recommended that you download the COVID Alert app if you have not already done so. ∙ All reservations for the few days will be rescheduled or canceled, stay tuned for updates. ∙ Shared this update on http://gusto101.com + specific details on when this team member was working. ⠀ We are optimistic that this is an isolated case as no other team members are experiencing symptoms and rigorous sanitation, social distancing, and mask-wearing procedures were followed. We will only reopen when we feel it is safe to do so. continued in comments 👇

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A staff member at Gusto 101 has tested positive and is currently in quarantine; the staff member last worked Saturday, September 26. The restaurant will remain closed until further notice and the entire team is required to get tested and remain in self-isolation until a clean bill of health is acquired.

Regulars Bar

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DEAR REGULAR'S FAMILY  In an effort to be transparent with our guests and community, please note that three of our staff members have tested positive for COVID - 19 with an exposure period from September 13th - September 22nd, these staff members went into quarantine at an early stage. We are happy to announce that these staff members are in good health and recovering. If you have not been contacted by Toronto Public Health you are not identified as having had close contact and are viewed as low risk, however if you visited our establishment during those days please monitor symptoms and take the necessary precautions. Toronto Public Health has commended Regulars on our cooperation throughout the investigation and have deemed there is no ongoing risk and cleared us for normal operations.  HOW WE ARE KEEPING YOU SAFE - All employees must be wearing a mask upon entry and throughout the duration of their shift. - All employees are temperature checked upon entry before they start their shift. - All employees are required to wash their hands thoroughly and continuously throughout their shift - All staff is mandated to maintain a 6ft distance from colleagues and guests when possible. - All employees must sanitize their hands regularly throughout their shift at one of our many sanitizer stations. - Each guest table is given their own personal sanitizer - Washrooms are cleaned upon every visit by a dedicated employee. - All High contact surfaces are covered with ProtekPak (antiviral & antimicrobial surface protection) - All Surfaces are cleaned regularly to ensure a safe sanitary environment. Regulars Management Team,

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Three staff members at this popular King West bar have tested positive for COVID - 19, with an exposure period from September 13 to September 22.

Crews and Tangos

Customer and drag performer, both of whom last worked on September 18, has tested positive. The popular drag bar is urging customers who visited between September 18 to September 20, get tested.

Woody's and Sailor

In a Facebook post shared on Woody's and Sailor Facebook page, the manager Dean Odorico, announced that a staff member, who last worked on September 20 and September 22 has tested positive.

Yonge Street Warehouse

A news release issued by Toronto Public Health have confirmed that seven people linked to this establishment have tested positive for COVID-19, five of which are employees and two patrons.

The Night Baker

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Hi everyone, We hope you are all keeping safe and well. We have the unfortunate news that one of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19 from transmission that was traced outside of the workplace. She last worked at our bakery on Sunday September 20. We want to assure everyone that we strictly follow the protocols provided by Ontario and Toronto Public Health by wearing masks at all times, practicing frequent handwashing and sanitizing surfaces. We also practice social distancing from all customers when they come into the store. Our staff member was told that since she was not in the bakery when she was most communicable and because of our safety measures, none of our other staff or customers are required to be contacted further by Toronto Public Health for contact tracing. None of our staff members are showing any symptoms but have been advised to self-isolate and get tested as a safety precaution. Although we have been advised by Toronto Public Health that we can remain open because we follow strict health and safety protocols, we have decided to close our store until at least October 4, 2020. We will be doing a deep cleaning of our store. We have also contacted all of our cookie orders via email to provide options for refunds or rescheduling of deliveries/shipping. This is very unfortunate news for us and while temporarily closing our store is not ideal given the hardships small businesses already experience during COVID-19, we have decided to be transparent and take action in the best interest of public health and safety. Keep safe everyone Mitch and Leanne

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A staff member at this College Street bakery has tested positive for COVID-19 from transmission outside of establishment. The staff member last worked at the bakery on Sunday September 20.

MARBL

King Taps

Though there are no confirmed cases at MARBL, King Taps or Casa Mezcal, Toronto Health officials shut down these three restaurants last week after determining that they were failing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Toronto Public Health investigations found evidence that people infected with COVID-19 were employed at more than one of these locations. Another business was seen serving food buffet style, which is prohibited under current provincial regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19. Owners of another establishment have been "frequently uncooperative" with investigators and significantly hindering investigation efforts.

Meanwhile, these two Toronto restaurants and bars have responded to the outbreaks and are taking precautionary measures into their own hands.

Grand Electric

This popular taqueria announced on their Instagram page that they will be halting indoor dining to prevent the spread of infection. They will be resuming patio dining, takeout and delivery only.

O'Grady's on Church

To Our Valued Customers: The health and safety of our Staff, Patrons and Community is of the utmost importance. Due to...

Posted by O'Gradys Church on Sunday, September 27, 2020

Due to the outbreaks linked to The Village, O'Grady's has taken precaution and announced that they will be closed starting Monday September 28 until further notice, in order to protect their staff and guests.

The chances of another lockdown happening throughout the province -- or at least in areas seeing a significant surge of cases -- is becoming increasingly possible.

"It's plain to see that there is an immediate, rising risk in Toronto of continued and significant COVID-19 resurgence," says Dr. Eileen de Villa.

With cases surging in Quebec in recent days, the province is scaling back and tightening restrictions in an effort to slow the second wave of COVID-19. Red zones throughout the province which include, Greater Montreal, most of the Quebec City area and the entire Chaudière-Appalaches region, will be designated as red zones by midnight Wednesday -- the highest alert level, Premier François Legault announced at a press conference this afternoon.

These coronavirus epicentres are permitted to close bars, casinos, movie theatres and performance halls. Restaurants in red zones must close dining rooms and patios but can remain open for delivery and takeout orders.

In a news briefing on Monday, Dr. Eileen de Villa said she will recommend to council that it require restaurants and bars to reduce the number of patrons from 100 to 75; reduce the number of people at a table from 10 to 6; collect contact information from each patron at a table; and lower background music to the level of conversation, to prevent people from leaning in closer to each other when they speak and to ensure people do not have to speak loudly over music -- both of which increase the potential for infection to spread from one person to the next.

De Villa said she will also recommend that council extend city COVID-19 bylaws, which were set to expire this Thursday, October 1, for at least six months. That would include the bylaws mandating physical distancing in public spaces, mandatory masks in public, indoor spaces and public health measures for bars and restaurants.

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As Toronto begins to see a surge in COVID-19 cases, Public Health Officials are gearing up for an impending second wave. The province reported 700 new coronavirus cases on Monday -- the most in a single day since the outbreak began late January.

Premier Doug Ford told reporters that Ontario is indeed embarking on its second wave during his Monday press conference, which will be "more complicated [and] more complex" than the first.

Though no calls have been made for a return to Stage 2, Toronto Medical Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa is urging the City council to take immediate action -- namely, tightening restrictions and public health measures around restaurants and bars. Last week, the province implemented a curfew for restaurants and bars in Ontario, prohibiting the sale of alcohol beyond 11 p.m. and enforcing establishments close by 12 a.m.

These new restrictions are due in part to the cluster of outbreaks linked to restaurants and bars among young adults in the last few weeks. Here is a quick rundown of Toronto restaurants and bars that have reported COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks:

Gusto 101

View this post on Instagram

To our Gusto 101 Famiglia, For many, Gusto 101 is a home-away-from-home. A place where the $1/oz house wine flows and mafalde ai fungi and cavolo nero are plentiful. While we have taken every step possible to ensure your second home here at 101 Portland St is one where you feel safe to eat, even during the most uncertain of times, it’s on days like today where we are reminded that this world is a hard one for restaurants, the awesome hospitality workers who keep us going, and our wonderful guests that continue to support us when we need it most. Through the lens of safety and transparency (the only way forward), we are saddened to announce that one of our team members at Gusto 101 has tested positive for COVID-19. This team member, who’s last shift at Gusto 101 was Saturday, September 26th, went to get tested out as a precaution and is currently quarantined at home. While not mandatory, we have immediately closed our restaurant until further notice as our guest and team member safety will always be number one. During this time, we are taking the following action: ⠀ ⠀ ∙ Gusto 101 will be professionally sanitized to eradicate the possibility of any surface contamination⠀ ∙ The full team at Gusto 101 is in self-isolation and will be required to get tested for COVID-19.  A clean bill of health will be required before returning to work.⠀ ∙ Contact tracing details have been shared with Public Health and those who they deem to be at-risk will be contacted. It is highly recommended that you download the COVID Alert app if you have not already done so. ∙ All reservations for the few days will be rescheduled or canceled, stay tuned for updates. ∙ Shared this update on http://gusto101.com + specific details on when this team member was working. ⠀ We are optimistic that this is an isolated case as no other team members are experiencing symptoms and rigorous sanitation, social distancing, and mask-wearing procedures were followed. We will only reopen when we feel it is safe to do so. continued in comments 👇

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A staff member at Gusto 101 has tested positive and is currently in quarantine; the staff member last worked Saturday, September 26. The restaurant will remain closed until further notice and the entire team is required to get tested and remain in self-isolation until a clean bill of health is acquired.

Regulars Bar

View this post on Instagram

DEAR REGULAR'S FAMILY  In an effort to be transparent with our guests and community, please note that three of our staff members have tested positive for COVID - 19 with an exposure period from September 13th - September 22nd, these staff members went into quarantine at an early stage. We are happy to announce that these staff members are in good health and recovering. If you have not been contacted by Toronto Public Health you are not identified as having had close contact and are viewed as low risk, however if you visited our establishment during those days please monitor symptoms and take the necessary precautions. Toronto Public Health has commended Regulars on our cooperation throughout the investigation and have deemed there is no ongoing risk and cleared us for normal operations.  HOW WE ARE KEEPING YOU SAFE - All employees must be wearing a mask upon entry and throughout the duration of their shift. - All employees are temperature checked upon entry before they start their shift. - All employees are required to wash their hands thoroughly and continuously throughout their shift - All staff is mandated to maintain a 6ft distance from colleagues and guests when possible. - All employees must sanitize their hands regularly throughout their shift at one of our many sanitizer stations. - Each guest table is given their own personal sanitizer - Washrooms are cleaned upon every visit by a dedicated employee. - All High contact surfaces are covered with ProtekPak (antiviral & antimicrobial surface protection) - All Surfaces are cleaned regularly to ensure a safe sanitary environment. Regulars Management Team,

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Three staff members at this popular King West bar have tested positive for COVID - 19, with an exposure period from September 13 to September 22.

Crews and Tangos

Customer and drag performer, both of whom last worked on September 18, has tested positive. The popular drag bar is urging customers who visited between September 18 to September 20, get tested.

Woody's and Sailor

In a Facebook post shared on Woody's and Sailor Facebook page, the manager Dean Odorico, announced that a staff member, who last worked on September 20 and September 22 has tested positive.

Yonge Street Warehouse

A news release issued by Toronto Public Health have confirmed that seven people linked to this establishment have tested positive for COVID-19, five of which are employees and two patrons.

The Night Baker

View this post on Instagram

Hi everyone, We hope you are all keeping safe and well. We have the unfortunate news that one of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19 from transmission that was traced outside of the workplace. She last worked at our bakery on Sunday September 20. We want to assure everyone that we strictly follow the protocols provided by Ontario and Toronto Public Health by wearing masks at all times, practicing frequent handwashing and sanitizing surfaces. We also practice social distancing from all customers when they come into the store. Our staff member was told that since she was not in the bakery when she was most communicable and because of our safety measures, none of our other staff or customers are required to be contacted further by Toronto Public Health for contact tracing. None of our staff members are showing any symptoms but have been advised to self-isolate and get tested as a safety precaution. Although we have been advised by Toronto Public Health that we can remain open because we follow strict health and safety protocols, we have decided to close our store until at least October 4, 2020. We will be doing a deep cleaning of our store. We have also contacted all of our cookie orders via email to provide options for refunds or rescheduling of deliveries/shipping. This is very unfortunate news for us and while temporarily closing our store is not ideal given the hardships small businesses already experience during COVID-19, we have decided to be transparent and take action in the best interest of public health and safety. Keep safe everyone Mitch and Leanne

A post shared by The Night Baker (@thenightbakerto) on

A staff member at this College Street bakery has tested positive for COVID-19 from transmission outside of establishment. The staff member last worked at the bakery on Sunday September 20.

MARBL

King Taps

Though there are no confirmed cases at MARBL, King Taps or Casa Mezcal, Toronto Health officials shut down these three restaurants last week after determining that they were failing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Toronto Public Health investigations found evidence that people infected with COVID-19 were employed at more than one of these locations. Another business was seen serving food buffet style, which is prohibited under current provincial regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19. Owners of another establishment have been "frequently uncooperative" with investigators and significantly hindering investigation efforts.

Meanwhile, these two Toronto restaurants and bars have responded to the outbreaks and are taking precautionary measures into their own hands.

Grand Electric

This popular taqueria announced on their Instagram page that they will be halting indoor dining to prevent the spread of infection. They will be resuming patio dining, takeout and delivery only.

O'Grady's on Church

To Our Valued Customers: The health and safety of our Staff, Patrons and Community is of the utmost importance. Due to...

Posted by O'Gradys Church on Sunday, September 27, 2020

Due to the outbreaks linked to The Village, O'Grady's has taken precaution and announced that they will be closed starting Monday September 28 until further notice, in order to protect their staff and guests.

The chances of another lockdown happening throughout the province -- or at least in areas seeing a significant surge of cases -- is becoming increasingly possible.

"It's plain to see that there is an immediate, rising risk in Toronto of continued and significant COVID-19 resurgence," says Dr. Eileen de Villa.

With cases surging in Quebec in recent days, the province is scaling back and tightening restrictions in an effort to slow the second wave of COVID-19. Red zones throughout the province which include, Greater Montreal, most of the Quebec City area and the entire Chaudière-Appalaches region, will be designated as red zones by midnight Wednesday -- the highest alert level, Premier François Legault announced at a press conference this afternoon.

These coronavirus epicentres are permitted to close bars, casinos, movie theatres and performance halls. Restaurants in red zones must close dining rooms and patios but can remain open for delivery and takeout orders.

In a news briefing on Monday, Dr. Eileen de Villa said she will recommend to council that it require restaurants and bars to reduce the number of patrons from 100 to 75; reduce the number of people at a table from 10 to 6; collect contact information from each patron at a table; and lower background music to the level of conversation, to prevent people from leaning in closer to each other when they speak and to ensure people do not have to speak loudly over music -- both of which increase the potential for infection to spread from one person to the next.

De Villa said she will also recommend that council extend city COVID-19 bylaws, which were set to expire this Thursday, October 1, for at least six months. That would include the bylaws mandating physical distancing in public spaces, mandatory masks in public, indoor spaces and public health measures for bars and restaurants.

Tags:

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Toronto Restaurant Closures

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