Beer Company donates 135,000 facemasks to restaurants across Canada, plus re-opening kits that include hand sanitizer, sanitizer towers, social-distancing signage and support in going contactless with menus through QR-Code coasters, tent cards and point-of-sale integration.

Local businesses | Re-opening

Labatt is also supporting the safe re-opening of restaurants and businesses as a corporate partner to roll out the POST Promise — a private sector-led program that allows business owners to sign a declaration to uphold five key steps to help prevent the spread — and through brand initiatives, including Stella Artois’ Rally for Restaurants gift-card program.

Transforming a Restaurant into an Outdoor Market using simple furniture designs

Food | Local businesses | Main Street | Street activation | physical distancing

A restaurant in Dallas is coping with the pandemic by leveraging Better Block’s approach to adaptive urbanism. The Better Block crew had constructed several wooden market stalls that were going to be used for a pop-up outdoor market in the Allen project. Now, they’ve used them to turn Oddfellows into an actual outdoor market, stocking the shelves with the restaurant’s stock and selling neighbors staples that may be difficult to find at the stores that remain open.

The City of Vancouver launches its Temporary Expedited Patio Program

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Street activation | physical distancing

This free program will allow restaurants and liquor-serving establishments to create temporary patios on streets, on-street parking spaces, or sidewalks either in front of or adjacent to their venues.To hasten the process, template patio drawings are being offered and a staff team has been dedicated to reviewing the applications. Permits will be issued within two business days for applications that meet requirements.

Toronto’s ‘rescue operation’ for restaurants includes fast-tracked approvals, more space for patio dining

Local businesses | Main Street | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Re-opening | physical distancing

Called “CafeTO”, the city program is identifying sidewalk and right-of-way space, including “parklets,” adjacent to bars and restaurants that can be made available for outdoor dining with physical distancing to ensure minimal chance of virus infection. The normal patio approval process will be dramatically streamlined, city council will be asked to waive fees, and the Ontario government is agreeing to help quickly address any liquor licensing issues

Restaurants Canada holding a series of “Rapid Recovery Series Sessions”

Food | General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Re-opening

10 sessions designed to help operators reopen, reinvent, and rebuild their businesses. All sessions will be recorded and sent out to registrants post-series. Sign up to secure your spot and ensure on list to be sent a recording.

Restarting Restaurants, Food Services & Retail webinars for Downtown Victoria businesses

Food | General: Sector resources | Main Street | Public health | Re-opening

Run a restaurant or food service business? Have questions about reopening and operating safely during COVID-19? Join us Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM for a FREE Q&A session. The expert panel includes the Chief Medical Officer for Island Health and the BC Restaurant and Food Association. These sessions are co-hosted by the Downtown Victoria Business Association and Community Micro Lending. As we adjust to living and working with COVID-19, we’re offering two sessions to help businesses reopen and operate safely: Two webinars planned:
Restarting Restaurants & Food Services on Wednesday, June 10th 10AM – 11:30AM
Restarting Retail on Thursday, June 11th 11AM – 12:30PM

The City of Portland is launching innovative and transformative street-related policies to use street space for people — and less for drivers and their cars —to help businesses survive.

Local businesses | Main Street | Policy leadership | Street activation | physical distancing

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will allow local business owners to apply for permits so they can offer food and other services in the public right-of-way. This goes far beyond a simple sidewalk dining permit and is expected to fast-track a host of new possibilities like customer queuing zones in what used to be parking spaces and dining tables and barber chairs in streets and parking lots.

Nanaimo approves on-street patios, sidewalk seating

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Nanaimo councillors agreed to reallocate $25,000 from the city’s downtown event grants budget toward the program.

BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association Blueprint for Re-opening in-restaurant dining

Food | General: Sector resources | Local businesses

This document is a framework to provide best practices and protocols that the industry has worked together on. This information was put together with a consortium of experts in many different restaurants and
foodservice establishments in BC.

The owner of a Toronto-based pizzeria is teaming up with local restaurants on a local delivery service

Food | Local businesses

The idea is a decentralized delivery system, shared and managed collectively by Toronto restaurants, with no commissions or fees. Everyone shares in the costs and the profits.

IT and e-commerce platform helps restaurants self-manage delivery and takeout

Food | General: Sector resources | Local businesses

By giving restaurants the tools to do it themselves, restaurants avoid the hefty commissions of current food delivery apps.

City of Barrie will help restaurants with distancing by converting parking spaces to patios

Food | Local businesses | Policy leadership

The Mayor suggests that temporary seating areas could become permanent, creating more animated spaces throughout the City. If this pilot program is successful, it can be part of building more people-oriented public spaces.

Slider device allows businesses and customers to interact safely during pandemic

Local businesses

The simple device from a small Coquitlam fabrication company enables two people to carry out a transaction two metres apart.

To Go Toronto platform links to restaurants offering takeout & delivery

Food | General: Online communities and networks

While dining areas are closed, the platforms has gathered a list of many Toronto restaurants that continue to prepare food with Toronto’s signature diversity.

Online directory shows local businesses open for business during pandemic

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Support Retail is a free online directory that helps GTA shoppers find local small businesses OPEN for walk-in, pickup or delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ottawa’s Love Local Delivery offers curated list of local restaurants offering responsible delivery

Food | Local businesses

The resource offers a curated network of Ottawa’s best independent locally owned and operated restaurants offering responsible delivery.

Posters that businesses can use to communicate how they are operating: pickup, delivery, in person or online

Food | Local businesses

This is real-life representation of the Riverside BIA Directory, a colour-coded live map which indicates in real time what level businesses are operating at. The colour codes are the same for the map and signs. Green indicates a business that’s open but may have reduced hours and offerings, yellow means a business is open online or via phone only, and red means the business is closed for now.

Together Apart: Platform to support small businesses in the Ottawa region

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

List & links to businesses that are open and what kind of service they are offering (gift cards, delivery, etc.)

Visit Guelph website & social media provides information on how to support local during the pandemic

Food | Local businesses | Policy leadership

The virtual discovery page shares ways to support local businesses, farmers and growers, and charities through new digital ways.

Hong Kong-based restaurant creates playbook on getting back to business

Food | General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Public health

Black Sheep Restaurants has created a playbook detailing every measure they have taken to combat COVID-19 and are offering it free-of-charge online to help fellow restaurateurs and business owners. Basic protocols from hygiene practices to how to communicate with guests are covered, and as well as helpful tips including where to source packaging for delivery and ideas for how to re-structure team schedules.

Edmonton restaurants open their pantries to survive COVID-19 pandemic

Food | Local businesses

Eateries now selling pantry staples and toilet paper as dining rooms remain shut

Connect with Local Businesses: What’s open during the COVID-19 crisis in Calgary

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

The Calgary Herald is compiling a local directory of businesses in Calgary and area that are continuing to serve their communities organized by sector: Food & Beverage; Health & Wellness; Business and Professional Services; Transportation; Home and Garden; Misc. The document also provides businesses an opportunity to be added to the directory

A platform for supporting local bars and restaurants through the purchase of gift cards

Food | Local businesses

Eatlater helps people to find restaurants, bars, wineries by location across Canada, and support them through thepurchase gift cards.

Providing meals to Toronto healthcare workers & supporting the restaurant industry during the coronavirus pandemic

Food | Local businesses

People can purchase a meal to fuel the extraordinary efforts of our city’s healthcare workers and support our local restaurants and their employees with a single donation

Link to open Toronto restaurants that continue to prepare food and deliver it safely

Food | General: Online communities and networks

Website organized by city shows businesses that are open/serving

Food | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

City resources are organized by sector and for each business approach to serving is indicated (e.g., pickup, delivery, online)

Open source recipes to be used in quarantine during a global pandemic

Food | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Toronto chef Nick Chen-Yin has compiled a free open source cookbook with recipes from his colleagues across the city.

Beer company matching funds for contributions to http://rallyforrestaurants.ca

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The website rallyforrestaurants.ca is a platform to purchase gift cards to use at restaurants once they reopen.

Toronto restaurant giving free meals amid COVID-19 job cuts

Food | Local businesses

Little India, a longtime family restaurant in Toronto, is helping people who’ve lost their jobs by giving out free meals to anyone in need — no questions asked.

Business owners find creative ways to keep operations going despite storefront shutdowns

Employment | Food | General: Online communities and networks | Learning and education | Local businesses

Some of the adaptations include live streaming of fitness classes, online health consultations, preordered restaurant meals and home delivery of everything from beer to books. For many entrepreneurs, the changes aren’t just about business survival, but also keeping themselves and their employees busy and motivated during the coronavirus crisis.

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