Winnipeg,MB–The Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA) is strongly encouraging the public to utilize delivery, take-out and take & bake options in light of recent proactive closures of Manitoba restaurants due to the Covid-19 virus mitigation strategy and ensure post virus industry viability. Manitoba restaurants are among the first in Canada to adopt widespread self-closing policies without provincial guidance.

A recent meeting of the MRFA board of directors resulted in an industry driven mitigation strategy based on current and future concerns with the health and safety of patrons and staff within the restaurant and food service industry. While approximately 60% of restaurants involved have chosen to close voluntarily to ensure patron and staff safety, the remaining open restaurants have adopted stringent sanitation practices and social distancing policies that exceed the current Health Canada guidelines to limit virus transmission. Daily updates to the members of the MRFA will continue to be developed with a ultimate goal of limited virus transmission while a open line of communication with our membership, Manitoba health and other various stakeholders.

“We feel all restaurants must take all the necessary steps to ensure our patrons and staff are safe and hope our valued customers can continue to support us with other means of patronage,” says Tony Siwicki, Chairman of the MRFA’s board of directors and owner of Silver Heights Restaurant.

“We must ensure that the public is aware of the measures we are taking in ensuring their safety while ensuring options are available so our restaurant industry and its thousands of workers remain viable for years to come,” says Shaun Jeffrey, Executive Director of the MRFA.


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