Restaurants outside The GTA expected to reopen on Friday with expanded patio rules

A cold patio beverage will be a short day trip away very soon

Ontario residents living outside The Greater Toronto Area will soon be allowed to visit restaurants and bars with outdoor dining space. As first reported by The Toronto Star, the proving is moving forward with plans to reopen many businesses in regions outside of Toronto.

In addition to restaurants and bars with patio space being allowed to open, businesses that have access to parking lots and other outdoor areas will be able to expand outdoor seating area.

“Licensed establishments may create a patio adjacent to their premise or increase the size of their patio once they are permitted to welcome patrons on-site,” the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario wrote in a statement.

“This temporary measure will allow the public to safely enjoy service that meets social distancing requirements and other public health guidelines.”

Premier Doug Ford is expected to rollout more details on the province’s Phase 2 of reopening. Limits on social gatherings of people not from the same household are expected to climb from five people to 10. Many other stores, businesses, and public facilities such as swimming pools are expected to reopen soon, as well… at least outside the GTA.