Bars and restaurants have to keep patrons numbers at the ready for public health officials

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The province is requiring bars and restaurants to keep logs of their patrons for 30 days.

It’s a new measure to stop the spread of COVID-19.

As the province opens more businesses, bars and restaurants are welcoming patrons back inside. But that presents a risk to the spread of COVID-19, particularly in bars where too many drinks may mean people forget to stay six feet apart and wash their hands.

Today, restaurants and bars in the Greater Toronto Area open for the first time since March with indoor seating.

New emergency orders enacted today require bars and restaurants to hold onto their patrons names and numbers for 30 days and turn them over to officials from the local health unit if they’re required because of a COVID-19 case.

The new order also says all patrons have to be seated at all times, in both indoor and outdoor areas with limited exceptions.

Many of the changes also apply to tour boat operators.