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June 8, 2020

Hospitality Strong

Enercare Centre and many other hotels, attractions and venues across Toronto will turn purple this Monday, June 8th, in recognition of the many workers in tourism and hospitality who have been affected by COVID-19. Let’s show the world why Toronto is and always will be #HospitalityStrong. We’re in this together!

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Blackout Tuesday

The City of Toronto and Exhibition Place both participated in Blackout Tuesday on June 2nd in order to show support for the fight against the anti-Black racism that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Armaud Arbery and countless other Black citizens at the hands of police.  On the 2nd, social media users posted black squares on their pages in order to express solidarity, mute everyday social media posts and bring awareness to this timely issue. Via BlogTO

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IAEE Releases Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events

On June 5th the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) released a white paper titled Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events to provide general information for consideration by exhibition organizers when planning for and producing an exhibition during a pandemic.

“Although we are eager to get back to our usual face-to-face business environment, safety must be the top priority and we must look to the science and medical communities for the best ways to go about producing our shows,” said IAEE President & CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “IAEE’s Health and Safety Task Force teamed with associations across the industry to collaborate with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) in order to make sure we are applying the best information available to us as these most recent pandemic progresses.”

“It is important to remember that we are operating within a fluid situation and the information will be changing,” emphasized IAEE Health and Safety Task Force Chairperson Tim McGuinness, Staff VP, Global Expositions of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). “We will be updating this document as we learn from COVID-19, and even moving beyond this particular health crisis.”

Areas of content include:

  • General Principles for Health & Safety Operations 
  • Communication, Education, & Awareness
  • Exhibition & Event Operations
  • Convention Centre/Venue Cleaning Prevention Measures
  • Legal Considerations

    Download Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events here.

    Source: IAEE

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    City of Toronto launches CaféTO

    On June 4th, Mayor John Tory launched CaféTO a quick-start program that will make it easier for restaurant and bar owners to open patios, to expand them, and to access additional space for physical distancing and for that matter revenue generation during the summer months ahead.

    The program will provide more outdoor dining areas by identifying space in the public right-of-way and expediting the current application and permitting process for sidewalk cafés and parklets.

    Right now, restaurants and bars along with their patios remain closed due to provincial orders and public health recommendations. City staff are getting ready now so that we can act quickly to help restaurants and bars.

    Significant work has already taken place including:

    • Creating a cross-divisional action team to oversee the program quickly and efficiently.
    • Conducting a review of a number of current requirements and determining how the City can better support businesses, including waiving patio fees 
    • Undertaking planning for reallocation of curb lanes for patios to maximize space and further help the industry.
    • Consulting with BIAs and other key stakeholders including TABIA and restaurant industry associations to help coordinate this important economic rescue initiative
    • Establishing the essential café placements guidelines that will ensure these patios can be operational as soon as possible after they are permitted.

     A key feature of CaféTO will be to allow businesses to establish options for café configurations within the right-of-way and in accordance with public health guidelines. This may potentially include waiving regular permit and application fees in order to install the cafes.

    The City plans to provide local restaurant/bar owners with a set of guidelines for the installation of a temporary sidewalk café or curb lane café. A registration process for businesses to sign up for CaféTO will be communicated to business owners when finalized. The City will also work with business owners to understand enforcement, accessibility and cleaning requirements, and how to maintain physical distancing, within the space, to keep customers and employees safe. 

    More information will be available next week on toronto.ca/cafeto. For the full article please visit BlogTO