Reopened restaurants in the U.S. show what the future of dining out could be like in Canada
Remember the days when you could just sit in a Tim Hortons and enjoy a double-double? With restaurants in Canada slowly reopening, those days could be here again soon — but our experience may look a little different, based on U.S. modelling.
In the United States, restaurants have to meet an "exhausting" and "impractical" list of requirements before they can reopen, per Buzzfeed.
Staff at O'Charley's restaurants in Tennessee, for example, must:
And that's just the beginning of the list.
This Restaurant's Exhausting List Of Coronavirus Procedures Shows How Hard It Is To Reopen https://t.co/0rEouNmtl0— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) May 4, 2020
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp is asking waitstaff to wear masks and gloves, pass out disposable menus, limit the number of diners and shut down all salad bars, buffets and self-serve drink stations, says ABC.
Pay options will be restricted to contactless methods, such as smartphones, fobs and other tap-to-pay and mobile devices.
Georgia is taking another step toward normalcy this week as restaurants move to resume dine-in services, abiding by certain restrictions. https://t.co/T5B7gziIpN— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 27, 2020
So what about Canadian restaurants? Will guests be required to undergo temperature checks, like in Hong Kong? Do diners need to make a reservation? Will they be able to pay in cash?
Even something as simple as a jug of water must be addressed — can the waitstaff refill the glasses on the table, or will that be up to diners?
Although the U.S. modelling provides some insight, Canadian provincial governments have been notably mum on the situation.
Manitoba is the only province to offer definitive guidelines so far, after giving restaurants the green light to reopen their patios on May 4. The guidelines include:
Starting May 4th, 2020 Canad Inns will open Tavern United Patios at Canad Inns Destination Centres Garden City, Fort Garry, Polo Park, Transcona and Brandon++— Tavern United (@TavernUnited) May 1, 2020
++ In complying w/Gov regulations we will limit occupancy to 50%. Requirements enforceable under public health orders. pic.twitter.com/oJaxqlZqaZ
As Canadian provinces continue to reopen in the coming weeks, restaurants in B.C. and Alberta are asking their governments to outline clear restrictions.
"There's no guidebook for this kind of thing," said an operations manager for a Vancouver coffee chain, adding that any form of reopening will be "difficult."
Hopefully, more provincial governments will release clear guidelines soon.
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