New Restrictions for Bars and Restaurants

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The provincial government is putting more measures in place to crack down on what it calls "outbreak clusters" from bars restaurants and strip clubs.

As of midnight on Saturday, all food and drink establishments across the province will no longer be able to sell alcohol after 11 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on these premises will be prohibited after 12 a.m.

Under the new measures, these establishments will also have to close by midnight and remain closed until 5 a.m., except for takeout and delivery.

The province has also ordered all strip clubs to close effective midnight on Saturday.

The government announced these new measures in a news release issued on Friday afternoon.

“Over the past five weeks, Ontario has experience an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases,” the news release said. “Private social gatherings continue to be a significant source of transmission in many local communities, along with outbreak clusters in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including strip clubs, with most cases in the 20-39 age group.”

The move comes after the province changed the rules surrounding social gatherings last week, lowering the number of people permitted at outdoor events to 25 and indoor events to 10.

Ontario reported 409 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and one new death related to the virus.

 

— With files from CTV Toronto and The Canadian Press