Article Date 20/03/2020

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Restaurants Taking New Measures as Public-Health Situation Evolves

Source Foodservice & Hospitality

As measures are being taken to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 outbreak, a growing number of restaurant companies have been forced to react with altered operations and temporary closures. Below are some of the most recent examples. 

A&W Canada closed its restaurant dining rooms starting March 18, focusing on service through take-out, drive-thru, mobile ordering and third-party delivery services. The company has also indicated it's taking steps to ensure employees "who are feeling ill or at-risk do not have to come in to work and will not suffer financially as a result."

On March 17, Boston Pizza international Inc. (BPI) closed all of its dining rooms and sports bars across Canada until further notice. Kitchens will continue to remain open in support of takeout and delivery.

Benny&Co. has closed the dining rooms at all of its rotisseries in Quebec and is asking customers to opt for the delivery service and credit-card payment on its transactional site in order to reduce unnecessary handling. It's also adjusted its hours for takeout, drive-thru and delivery orders and will not be accepting cash payment until further notice.

Sportscene Group Inc. has temporarily closed approximately 25 per cent of its restaurants - 13 La Cage - Brasserie sportive restaurants and the Moishes restaurant - until further notice as part of its measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company notes these measures will result in the temporary layoff of 2,200 people.

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