No singing or dancing allowed as Ontario reopens restaurant patios

A patio is seen at a restaurant in this undated file photo.

TORONTO - Whistle while you work to help Ontario bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic _ but please, don't sing.

That's the gist of the message coming from the provincial government, which has included explicit bans on singing _ even dancing _ in parts of its plan to reopen businesses temporarily shuttered by the deadly outbreak.

Stage 2 of Ontario's economic recovery plan contains numerous guidance documents for sectors cleared to resume or expand their operations.

The guidance prepared for restaurants and bars states that both singing and dancing are banned in the outdoor seating areas where customers are currently allowed to gather in limited numbers.

Documents state singing is also banned in child-care settings and discouraged in places of worship that were given the green light to open their doors across Ontario last week.

The provincial ministry of health says the anti-crooning commandments are rooted in science, and doctors with expertise in the matter agree.