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COVID-19 UPDATE: [Monday, January 3, 2022]: As per Premier Ford’s press conference of this morning:
- Indoor dining will not be permitted for at least three weeks.
- 'Outdoor' dining is permitted to a maximum of ten people per table.
[Friday, December 17, 2021]: According to the Globe & Mail, effective 12:01am, Sunday December 19: Ontario Premier Doug Ford is imposing new capacity limits on restaurants, including tables cannot seat more than 10 people. While this may have an impact on our events in early 2022, it will have NO IMPACT on our event of December 2021.
[Tuesday, November 3, 2021]: Other than proof of vaccination, government-issued photo ID and mask-wearing, things appear to be mostly back to normal. As such, we will be resuming our monthly events in the usual way.
[Saturday, October 16, 2021]: Proof of vaccination and ID: You must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as well as personal identification (ID) to enter indoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments. Proof of vaccination can be either of your vaccine receipt or enhanced vaccine certificate (with QR code), sometimes called a vaccine passport or vaccine record. Please be sure to have both your proof of vaccination and personal ID at the time of entry.
[Sunday, September 5, 2021]: Effective September 22, Ontarians will need to be ‘fully vaccinated’ against COVID-19 to access a number of non-essential public settings, including restaurants; with ‘fully vaccinated’ defined as ‘14 days after the second dose has been administered’. Note: This DOES NOT affect our September 18 event, which occurs prior to the start of the program. It will, however, have an impact on all later events, as long as the program is in effect.
[Sunday, August 1, 2021]: Things appear to be returning to normal. Our event of last Saturday evening took place mostly as usual: Indoors, but with a few minor restrictions (eg., mask-wearing, physical distancing, etc.), but nothing overly-invasive. From the point-of-view of this Meetup group, it would appear that things will soon be mostly back to normal. We fully expect to resume with the monthly events.
[Saturday, May 22, 2021]: With the most recent Covid update by the Ford government, the Colour-Coded Framework, mentioned below, is replaced with a new Three-Step Reopening plan. However, this announcement continues to have little or no impact on our group. Under the new Framework: Outdoor restaurant patio dining will be permitted as follows: - a maximum of 4 people per table in Step One, and, - a maximum of 6 people per table in Step Two. Step One and Step Two are expected to begin in mid-June and early-July, respectively. As a result, our next event will very likely take place on either Saturday, July 17 or Saturday, July 24.
[Thursday, May 13, 2021]: Today’s announcement has no impact on the operations of this group. We’re waiting for Red (Control) before proceeding with our next event. As soon as Toronto is in Red (Control), we will resume with outdoor restaurant patio dining, as per the usual.
[Sunday, April, 11, 2021] Given the recent State of Emergency declaration and Stay At Home order, all events on hold indefinitely. Outdoor dining events may begin in Red/Control category; but indoor events will likely have to wait until Green/Prevent (note that a maximum of six is permitted in Yellow/Protect). Source: [https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#control](https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#control)
[Thursday, April 1, 2021] As announced today by Premier Ford, a provincewide shutdown of at least 28 days is in effect starting Saturday, April 3. No Group events until further notice. ([!(https://i.redd.it/wv9q5b4enzq61.jpg)](https://i.redd.it/wv9q5b4enzq61.jpg)).
[Tuesday, March 23, 2021]: Toronto is presently in Grey/Lockdown mode, meaning that indoor gatherings are not permitted, except with members of your own household. Hence, no events until further notice. (Source: [https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions](https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions))
[Monday, January 18, 2021]: Happy New Year! All events on hold, pending state of Covid lockdowns in the province of Ontario.
[Saturday, November 14, 2020]: Presently, the following lockdown statuses apply: - Toronto is in Red (Control) with the enhanced measure of no Indoor dining. - York Region and Halton Region (I.e., Oakville) are in Red (Control) with no additional measures. - Outdoor dining is permitted in all regions. According to Toronto Mayor John Tory: “Winter is coming and we need to support restaurants...Sidewalk cafes and expanded private patio space are just a few ways we will support restaurants this winter and into the spring [of 2021].” (Source: www.toronto.ca)
[Tuesday, November 10, 2020]: Presently, the following lockdown statuses apply: - Toronto is in Red (Control) with the enhanced measure of no Indoor dining. - York Region is in Orange (Restrict). - Halton Region (Oakville) is in Yellow (Protect). The November 3rd update, below, describes the Orange (Restrict) phase. By comparison, Red (Control) has stricter requirements; while Yellow (Protect) is more lenient.
[Tuesday, November 3, 2020]: Toronto will move to the ‘Restrict’ phase on Nov. 14. For restaurants this means: - a 50-person capacity for indoor dining - a limit of four people per table with each table two metres apart - closing time of 10 p.m. - no serving of liquor at 9 p.m. - no consumption of liquor after 10 p.m.
[Sunday, October 11, 2020] The City of Toronto is now in ‘Modified’ Stage Two of the Coronavirus lockdown, which affects us very significantly and very directly. Specifically,
(1) No indoor dining service in restaurants is permitted.
(2) Outdoor restaurant dining limited to a maximum 25 persons.
(3) Masks to be worn indoors while not seated at table.
(4) Continued social/physical distancing.
Although these new restrictions apply to the City of Toronto, they do not affect York Region (which is where so many of our events have taken place over the past few years). And, although it is not entirely clear how we will proceed, we fully expect that our next scheduled event will take place in some way, shape or form. Stay tuned.
[September 9, 2020]: No significant update from last time. Restaurants are open and taking reservations, but seating is limited; face masks are required and there are also restrictions pertaining to contact tracing and physical distancing. We are still in Stage 3, and my guessing is that things won’t return to normal until a vaccine is ready and administered to a sufficient percentage of the population (which may take years!). However, we continue to be optimistic and to hope for the best.
[August 6, 2020]: Even though most of Ontario is now in Stage 3 of the lockdown, it would be a bit premature to speculate as to when our next event may be. At present, the key areas of concern are the social bubbles of ten, the physical distancing and contact tracing.
In a nutshell: we are required to keep a distance of at least two metres from anyone not in our social bubble. Furthermore, for purposes of contact tracing, restaurants are required to keep a log of all patrons in the restaurant. The last thing we’d want is to receive a text message saying that we have to self-isolate for fourteen days because someone, somewhere in the restaurant where one of our events took place tested positive for Covid. Hence, we will hold off on any events at least until the restrictions of social bubbles and contact tracing have been lifted.
[MAY 30, 2020]: Ciao ragazzi, spero vada tutto bene. According to yesterday’s Star (Toronto Star): “A third stage [of re-opening], which could be months away, would...relax restrictions on public gatherings.” I believe we’ll fall into this category. My guessing is that there will be no events before September. We will however continue to watch closely for updates.
[MAY 4, 2020]: Carissimi Amici, please note that due to the current crisis facing the world today, it is not possible to say when our next event will take place. I, for one, will not be organizing any ‘online’ events. My events will always be live and will always be focused on Italian language, culture and cuisine. We will resume our usually monthly meetings as soon as we are permitted, whenever that may be. Grazie per la comprensione. Carlo [ ](http://www.meetup.com/italian-toronto/about/)
Who we are and what we do
We are a group of exciting and dynamic Italian-Canadians, Italians-living-in-Canada, and Italian-speaking persons from all over the world!
We meet regularly in various Italian restaurants in Toronto to enjoy Italian cuisine, communicate in Italian, discuss Italian films and novels, and enjoy each others' company.
Please consider attending our events:
If you have a GENUINE INTEREST in Italian language, culture and cuisine.
If you have an ABSOLUTE PASSION for Italian language, culture and cuisine.
We are a language group, not a social club
Our events are less rigorous and demanding than those of a language academy, and, they do not have the same level of seriousness. They are, however, somewhat more focused on the Italian language than the events of a social club would be.
The cost of the dinner depends on what each person orders. Most people spend $40 or so, with a reasonable minimum being about $25. The waiter or waitress will provide all of the attendees with their own individualized bill. Most attendees are usually pleased with the quality of the food, service and overall experience.
We look forward to seeing you soon!