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Restaurant & Foodservice Reopening Guidelines

Author(s): John Salloum, Dominic Mochrie, Komil Joshi, Natasha Anzik

May 7, 2020

Last updated: May 19, 2020

As provincial governments in Canada begin to lift their respective emergency measures, keeping track of the different guidelines is a challenge. This chart summarizes the reopening guidelines applicable to restaurants and the foodservice industry in Canada for those jurisdictions that have released a re-opening plan as of 10am ET on May 19, 2020.

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Restaurant services are set to reopen on the following dates:



May 4 Manitoba (patio service only)
May 8 New Brunswick

May 14


May 19

British Columbia

June 1 (as early as)


June 1 (as early as) Prince Edward Island[2]

Mid-to-late June

Northwest Territories


Saskatchewan, Ontario, the Yukon and Quebec, have not yet announced dates. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut have not yet released reopening plans.

Important Context: Reopening plans change regularly, and this chart provides a snapshot as of the date and time listed above. The guidelines listed below have been harmonized in an effort to pair materially similar requirements, but each jurisdiction’s reopening plans contain nuance and additional detail. Some jurisdictions also make compliance with certain guidelines mandatory. You can access each plan through the links included above. Organizations should also be mindful that other laws may impose additional obligations, such as provincial-level occupational health and safety laws and local (e.g. municipal) laws. Osler’s Return to the Workplace Playbook has more information for employers.

[1] Businesses in Calgary and Brooks will not be permitted to reopen at this time.

[2] Note that the PEI Environmental Health Office will conduct both random and complaint-based inspections anytime after May 1st to ensure enforcement. Those not compliant are subject to an escalating approach of warnings, fines  and closures, depending on the situation.

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