New restrictions for food and drink premises in Niagara come into effect 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2020 until Jan. 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Dr. M. Mustafa Hirji, Medical Officer of Health (Acting) for Niagara Region has issued an order under section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act on food and drink premises in Niagara, including:
- Banquet halls
- Establishments where only beverages are served
This order is not intended to suggest that restaurants and bars have had a lack of diligence in following COVID-19 guidance. The vast majority have been excellent in their COVID-19 precautions. This order is to address social behaviour that has been identified as a spreader of COVID-19.
As mentioned in the Public Health press conference on Nov. 7, 2020, we have seen spread occurring between people sharing tables from different households. This is one of the reasons for the order. Public Health inspectors will help restaurants in following this order during their inspections.