Dec 07, 2020
By Jane Brown
After several restaurant owners and Mayor John Tory voiced their concerns, a partnership between LCBO and SkipTheDishes has been suspended until further notice.
Ontario’s finance minister says in a statement that he and Premier Doug Ford asked the crown corporation to put the partnership on hold because restaurants continue to need support.
Rod Phillips goes on to say restaurants have been among the hardest hit by restrictions around COVID-19 which is why the government has stepped up with support including allowing them to sell alcohol via take out and delivery.
Earlier Sunday before the decision was announced, Mayor Tory said the timing of the deal “could be better,” given that many struggling restaurants in the city need alcohol sales to stay afloat.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the provincial PCs have given restaurant and bar owners permission to sell alcohol for takeout or delivery with food purchases.