I have had many people ask “When are you opening up for Table service, inside and outside”. I am sorry to say, we are not going to open up for table service, for 2 very important reasons.
First, for the Safety of our staff, and guests. Dining inside has one of the highest risks of getting Covid-19. I think the highest would be in a Bar. Why? Because once you are sitting down at your table, you can take off your mask to eat and drink. And breathing in infected breath droplets is the most common method of catching the disease. And with the hot weather we have, many locations will have fans blowing, AC cranked up, to keep you cool, and blowing potential infected air droplets at you. A bar would be worse, because as you know, have a few drinks, and make bad decisions.
The second reason is the cost. To maintain physical distancing of 2 metres between guests, we could accommodate only 40% of the seats at the most. Now our rent, hydro, gas, reservation fees, POS fees, TV, linen, and so much more would be at 100%. So, before we even open the door, we would be losing money. Now, add all of the Covid-19 costs, like plastic barriers, signs, and extra labour to sanitize the bathroom after every guest, a person outside, making sure protocols are being followed, and the costs just get worse.
And, if you look at other countries who opened up inside dining, they have had major spikes in new cases, causing some countries to go back to lockdown.
We had a Covid-19 inspector visit our patio on Sunday, and he really liked how we were doing things here with Zero Contact. He was very impressed, and also bought some takeout.
I hope you will all be very careful if you dine in somewhere. Collingwood has not had a case since May 19th, and now 1 case as of July 20.
Stay Safe! Follow all the protocols, Physical Distancing, Wear a Mask, Wash Hands a lot.
So, order some of our Great BBQ, and Safely Enjoy it on our Patio, our Picnic Tables, or at Home.