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A restaurant in Toronto has sent Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford a bill for $ 431 for beer that they say will spoil as a result of the nationwide shutdown.
Michael Hunter, co-owner of Antler Kitchen’s & bar in the city’s West End, told CP24 that he had sent the Prime Minister a bill for two kegs of beer he bought after he was told that Toronto restaurants had their terraces open again.
« We didn’t buy a draft beer because we can’t sell draft beer for our pick-up and take-away on the side of the road. For the terrace weekend, we decided we were fine. We’re open to the terrace. Now we’re buying these kegs « said Hunter. « We knocked on the barrels, hung them on our pipes, had the pipes cleaned, only for a week later we were told that we had to switch off now. »
Two weeks ago, restaurants in the gray area of Ontario’s COVID-19 barrier were allowed to reopen their terraces. The news was eagerly awaited by businesses in Toronto and the Peel Region, which were closed to personal meals all winter.
With the announcement of a nationwide closure, the same restaurants are now forced to close their outdoor dining areas.
« These two week openings and closings affect us, » said Hunter, adding that the bill is a « statement » and does not include the cost of additional meals and hired staff.
« We are more in debt today than we were two weeks ago, before we were told we could open the terrace. »
In a letter sent with the $ 431.55 bill, Antler Kitchen & Bar says reopening decks « was a way for our business to survive. »
“They say you’re interested in Toronto’s restaurants,” the letter to Ford reads. “And we know you care about beer. We will therefore send you an invoice for two kegs of beer that will spoil due to this shutdown. We bought it because you said we could reopen. “
« Now that you have closed us, we know that you will be happy to pay the costs and take them off us. You could do well at the next cabinet meeting. »
Hunter said that while not a medical professional, the services industry, along with other companies that closed completely during the shutdown, was hardest hit during the pandemic.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister did not comment on the bill, but said the government recognized that the pandemic « had a devastating impact on all Ontarians ».
“At a time when the number of cases is not increasing sustainably and the intensive care units are under immense strain and risking care, the difficult decision to implement the emergency brake nationwide was necessary and the right one. We must continue to respect the advice and recommendations of public health officials and the Chief Medical Officer of Health. «
Since the introduction of the COVID-19 barricade for Ontario in early November, eating indoors has been banned in all gray areas.
Areas like Toronto and Peel Region have never left the gray area, while other public health units in Ontario have switched back and forth between the five levels.
In the red zone, which is just below the gray zone, eating indoors was permitted with a maximum of 10 people.
At the same time that al fresco dining was getting the green light in the gray area, the province made adjustments to the red area so restaurants could work with either 50 percent capacity or up to 50 people, whichever comes with one first Meters was reached Distance between customers.
The nationwide shutdown, which began April 3, is expected to last at least a month.
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