Sector-Specific Business Guidelines

As the province continues to protect their progress in managing COVID-19 for the long-term, Niagara’s Section 22 order remains in place. These measures help to keep our community safe and ensure Niagara can move follow Ontario's plan. In response to the rapidly-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government is applying additional protective measures, including capacity limits and restrictions on bars, restaurants and other businesses.

As part of Ontario's plan to safely reopen Ontario and manage COVID-19 for the long-term:

  • Find details about the number of people allowed
  • Learn about the requirements for recording information of all patrons
  • The restriction on dining with household members only has being lifted for parties dining outdoors as of Thursday, June 24, 2021. Local restaurants, bars, wineries, breweries, and other food and beverage service operators will still be required to follow other restrictions in the Section 22 Order.

Research shows that in-person dining is risky as it involves close interaction over a long time without masks. This risk is inherent in the activity and of no fault of owners or operators. In 2020, after Niagara put this measure in place, we saw a sharp reduction in infections related to public dining.


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