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Restaurant & Foodservice Reopening Guidelines

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

May 7, 2020

Last updated: June 3, 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 reopening plan as of June 3, 2020.

Download our Restaurant and Foodservice Reopening Guidelines for more details 

To see what has changed since May 19, 2020, view our PDF for comparison.

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

May 25 Alberta (Calgary and Brooks)
May 29 Yukon[2]

June 1


June 1 Prince Edward Island[3]
June 5 Nova Scotia
June 8 Saskatchewan

Mid-to-late June

Northwest Territories



Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, and Quebec, have not yet announced dates.

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. Cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs in Calgary and Books are allowed to open beginning May 25th.

[2] Restaurants may reopen once an operational plan has been submitted and approved by Environmental Health services. Plans should be submitted to:

[3] 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.