It’s no surprise that we’ll all be spending a lot more time outside this summer due to social distancing and, you know, COVID-19. Due to current regulations, restaurants aren’t permitted to offer dine-in service and it’s just been announced that in Stage 2 of reopening that restaurant patios are allowed to open across Canada in certain parts where it’s safe. However, it’s just been announced that coffee chain Tim Hortons will be opening up over 1,000 patios at locations across Canada.
Mike Hancock, Tim Hortons’ chief operating officer, said in a statement that out of these 1,000 patios, 350 existing patios will be reopened in Ontario.
The coffee and donut chain also has plans to “significantly expand” the number of patios at its locations across the country.
“Overall, we are planning to open upwards of 1,000 new patios across Canada by transforming existing outdoor spaces to allow our guests and their friends and families to sit and enjoy their Tim Hortons favourites outside our restaurants,” Hancock said.
According to Narcity, Tim Hortons is planning on looking at using underused parking spaces, laneways, and expanding its outdoor seating as much as possible to accommodate these patios while working with local city rules and guidelines.
Restaurant Brands International, the company that owns not only Tim Hortons but also Burger King and Popeyes has also enlightened us about all the steps it will take when restaurants are allowed to open in Ontario.
These 1,000 new patios are anticipated to be open by early July so you won’t be forced to wait to enjoy your morning Timmie’s until you get home or in your car.
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