People across the country are being asked to order takeout or delivery from their favourite local eateries every Wednesday as a show of support for Canada’s struggling restaurant industry amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The initiative, dubbed Canada Takeout Day, is backed by hundreds of restaurant owners, chefs and culinary leaders and launched last Wednesday, April 15 with a virtual kickoff concert featuring Jim Cuddy, Alan Doyle, Ed Robertson, Barney Bentall and Tom Cochrane..

Restaurants Canada estimates that 800,000 jobs have been lost in the sector nationwide.

The company, which represents restaurants nationwide, said nearly one in 10 restaurants in Canada have already closed and nearly one in five expect to close if conditions don’t get better in a month.

Is it safe to get takeout or delivery during the coronavirus pandemic?

Ensuring the health and safety of everyone they serve has always been critical for restaurants – this was just as true before the emergence of COVID-19 as it is today.

Restaurants Canada is ensuring that foodservice operators are kept up-to-date on guidance from government specific to our industry to support COVID-19 prevention measures. They are also working with partners to provide resources on best practices. All of this information is regularly updated on a dedicated COVID-19 page on their website:

We encourage the general public to take direction from their local health authorities on best practices to stay safe in their local community. Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada for more information:


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