tim hortons coronavirus

Tim Hortons is switching to takeout and drive-thru only due to coronavirus

Tim Hortons is switching to takeout and drive-thru only due to coronavirus, effective March 17.

According to Restaurant Brands International Inc., the Canadian coffee giant will be closing all restaurant seating and plans to practice "social distancing" in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The chain will also offer delivery, where applicable.

"Today we are announcing significant measures to bolster national efforts to contain COVID-19 and protect and support restaurant guests, team members and the public in Canada," the press release reads.

"As Canada’s leading restaurant brand, we have a responsibility not only to serve our guests – but to protect them and our team members during this uncertain time."

The news comes after Tim Hortons announced that it would no longer be accepting reusable cups as of February 19.

Ultimately, the coffee chain bravely forged ahead with its annual Roll Up the Rim contest — albeit without paper cups — but it's unclear whether the contest will go ahead in light of the new developments.

Starbucks Canada is also closing locations and removing seating in cafes effective Wednesday.

Lead photo by

Mike Kalasnik

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Food & Drink

How Habitant pea soup became a grocery store staple in Canada

The secret to great poutine according to the founder of Smoke's Poutinerie

The history of Canadian butter tarts and how they've changed since the first recipe

The cult of Kraft Dinner in Canada and the weird recipes people make

This is how bagged milk came to Canada and why it might be here forever

Pillsbury just launched an edible cookie dough in Canada

Spade and Sparrows is the hottest new wine in Canada thanks to a reality TV star

P.E.I. just launched a pay-what-you-can healthy food program for students