Closed for good: How COVID is impacting the Toronto restaurant scene

Oct 22, 2020 | News

Kristen Cussen

At least 69 restaurants across the GTA have permanently closed since the initial COVID-19 lockdown began last March.

It’s a big change for so many places in just seven months.

While all the mapped closures happened during the pandemic, not all closures were directly caused by the outbreak.

At this point, with so many indoor dining rooms shut again in Toronto, and with patio season almost certainly coming to an end, the city is sure to surpass the 77 restaurants closed in 2019.

Earlier this month, Restaurants Canada, a lobby group for the food industry, said closures are going to be felt across the country.

“Restaurants Canada anticipates that closing indoor dining in Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots will result in tens of thousands of lost jobs that will require government help to recover,” it said in a media statement.

Humber News has mapped out 69 closures in Toronto so far.