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Friday, October 9, 2020

Some bars and restaurants are closing indefinitely as Toronto on cusp of reverting to Stage 2

Some Toronto bars are now choosing to close their doors to drinkers indefinitely because of the rising COVID-19 case count and the way resultant restrictions are impacting their business.

"We chose to close because of the worrying rise in COVID-19 cases in the city. Our priority has always been the health, safety, and enjoyment of our staff and guests so given the current climate, the only thing that made sense to us was to shut it down indefinitely," says Max Morin of Godspeed Brewery.

The brewery has closed its pub and patio indefinitely.

It's with heavy hearts that we announce the indefinite (re)closure of our pub and patio. Although we never wished to have to close up so soon after re-opening, we feel that the rapid rise in COVID cases is too troubling to ignore regardless of our stringent health & safety protocols in place. Instead of waiting for a lockdown order that may or may not come, we wanted to be more proactive and close now to mitigate any risks. Bottom line: our staff, families, and friends are thankfully healthy and we want to keep it that way. Should you wish to support the brewery, we're still offering same/next day home delivery for Toronto/GTA and 1-2 day Ontario-wide shipping. Our retail shop will also remain open 12-9pm daily and we're in the midst of launching a regular food take out program. We encourage you to wear a mask, keep your distance, and support as many of the breweries and small businesses you cherish as you can. A big thank you to all who stopped by to dine with us and for those who continue to support from afar. Take care, Team Godspeed

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"We were also reading and watching a lot of frontline healthcare workers ask for tighter restrictions on bars and restaurants so we felt a need to do right by them as well."

Not all bars in the hard-hit industry have been so enthusiastic to volunteer to close their doors, many actively speaking up about the recent tightening of restrictions on bars including an 11 p.m. last call.

"Not every brewery, bar, or small business has the luxury to close for dine in like we have. We recognize that every business is different and think it's important to highlight the sacrifices other breweries have made since the start of the pandemic," says Morin.

"Many of our peers like Left Field, Muddy York, Bellwoods, the list goes on, have remained closed for service or opted to limit their service to patio only and we think that should be applauded, too."

Though it hasn't been mandated, some restaurants have chosen to voluntarily roll back to closing for dine-in service, opting to stick to patio service or takeout only.

As for Godspeed, they have no set reopening date for their pub as of yet.

"It's hard to put terms on a reopening date given that we really don't know what this second wave or winter will bring. That said, a flattening of the curve or a vaccine would go a long way in making us feel compelled to reopen," says Morin.

"In the future, we'll always consider advice from Toronto Public Health before making any big decisions."

While Godspeed will remain open in a bottle shop and takeout capacity, Betty's has announced they're closing down entirely for the forseeable future.

by Amy Carlberg via blogTO

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