TORONTO — As of Jan. 31, restaurants and other foodservice businesses across Ontario have re-opened. However, many foodservice operators in downtown Ottawa have been instructed to remain closed due to ongoing protests.
Ontario restaurants are struggling to recover more than 50,000 jobs and at least $20 billion in lost revenue, and these protests are only worsening conditions for operators.
“Enough is enough. Ottawa’s local restaurants deserve the right to re-open their doors and bring in business,” said Restaurants Canada in a statement. “Restaurants Canada is calling on the protest organizers and public officials to let foodservice workers get back to their jobs and allow businesses to begin to recover from this unnecessary attack on their freedoms.”