These are the rules for indoor dining at restaurants in Ontario right now
Thankfully, indoor dining is allowed at Ontario restaurants again. While Reopening Ontario rules are relatively familiar by now, it's good to have a refresher on exactly what updates there are to regulations as we head back to dining rooms.
Capacity limits are currently being maintained at 50 per cent at indoor public settings, including restaurants, bars and "other food or drink establishments without dance facilities and strip clubs."
The number of people that can sit at one table together is generally limited to 10, and you have to remain seated. More than 10 people can sit together only if they're all from the same household, or if a member from one other household lives alone or is a caregiver.
Up to 10 people are permitted to sit together at a table if they're from different households.
Proof of vaccination requirements continue to apply to settings that include restaurants. Proof of vaccination is not required for takeout and delivery, food trucks or outdoor patios.
For now, only workers and performers are permitted to sing and dance in indoor settings, and they have to be two metres away or separated by an impermeable barrier like plexiglass. That means no karaoke for now.
Yes, masks are required in all indoor public settings except when eating and drinking.
Servers are required to wear a mask unless they are in an area that is not accessible to members of the public and is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others while in the indoor area.
Sale and service of liquor is permitted on licensed premises from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Enhanced vaccine passports with QR codes plus ID are required to enter settings requiring proof of vaccination as of Jan. 4. A digital version or paper copy of the code are both acceptable. Businesses are required to verify certificates using the Verify Ontario app.
As of Jan. 10, businesses can no longer accept physician notes or documentation as valid exemptions for entry.
Yes, they can show international vaccine receipts with valid proof of identification.
Buffets are currently allowed.
Food courts at shopping malls as well as other venues like concert halls, theatres, cinemas and event spaces are now permitted to open for dine-in service.
Businesses such as restaurants, bars, or other food or drink establishments (among others) are no longer required to collect or maintain the name and contact information of their patrons.
Yes, patrons under 12 are exempt from proof of vaccination requirements.
Businesses must prepare a safety plan that includes cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces.
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