This is what patios in Toronto looked like on the first day of reopening after lockdown
Patios across Toronto reopened Friday as part of Step 1 of the province's plan, and people across the city got out to grab a cold drink or meal.
The reopening could only be described as euphoric, one of the owners of Dog & Bear tells blogTO. People were happy to be out and it "was written all over their faces."
"I have had lots of short encounters with people who having been saying how happy they are just to do things that perhaps seemed in the past, normal," he says.
Dog & Bear had a waiting list for tables much of the day.
Dining on patios is not quite back to normal yet. There are several rules — including limiting tables to four people dining together, masks and health screenings.
People were respectful of the rules at Dog & Bear, the owner says.
The good news is last call is being moved back to 2 a.m. after nearly a year of either 9 p.m. or 11 p.m. cut-off times for serving alcohol.
If the crowds on Friday are any indication Toronto is ready to get back to normal.
It has been a while — patios were allowed to open March 22 but quickly shut again two weeks later after a surge in COVID-19 cases sent the province into lockdown. Aside from that short blip, there has been a long closure with no restaurant service aside from take-out since Nov. 23.
Season Six opened for table service in a new location on Friday for the first time and fortunately, an order of plates came on Friday morning, just in time, Brook Kavanagh, owner tells blogTO.
"Everyone is really excited to be out dining again," Kavanagh says.
With a capacity of 40 people, safely distancing, they were busy throughout the day, changing over about six times.
"I am over the moon, I couldn't have had a better day," Kavanagh says. "It is so exciting to actually be doing what we love to do again, take away and delivery is fine but this is what restaurants are supposed to be."
If you didn't manage to make it out to a patio yet, there is still plenty of time and hundreds of patios to choose from across the city.
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