Legion branches patio - outdoor service in phase 2 areas
NOTE THIS IS ONLY FOR BRANCHES IN THE PHASE 2 AREAS.
Some Districts such as A, D and E – still have SOME branches in STAGE 1
– AND THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW WOULD NOT APPLY).
It’s wonderful to see the numerous questions being put forward by
branches through their District Commanders! And we have been garnering
as much correct information as possible to share with you.
1. We have received confirmation from the AGCO that if your
branch has a liquor licence, the temporary extension provision would
apply, provided they meet all other requirements.
There is an Information Bulletin on the AGCO website but here is a
portion of the information for your easy reference:
The Government has amended Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence
Act (LLA) to provide flexibility for liquor sales licensees (e.g.
licensed bars and restaurants) to temporarily extend their physical
premises beyond 14 days provided they have municipal approval and meet
the criteria below.
Once they are again permitted to welcome patrons on-site and until
January 1, 2021 at 3:00 a.m., liquor sales licensees who wish to
temporarily extend the physical size of their existing licensed patio or
to temporarily add a new licensed patio within the approved period, are
authorized to do so, if the following criteria are met:
1. The physical extension of the premises is adjacent to the
premises to which the licence to sell liquor applies;
2. The municipality in which the premises is situated has indicated
it does not object to an extension;
3. The licensee is able to demonstrate sufficient control over the
physical extension of the premises;
4. There is no condition on the liquor sales licence prohibiting a
5. The capacity of any new patio, or extended patio space where the
licensee has an existing licensed patio, does not exceed 1.11 square
metres per person.
To minimize administrative burden for licensees, those who
meet the above criteria are not required to apply to the AGCO or pay
a fee to temporarily extend their patio or add a temporary new
Licensees are not required to submit any documentation to the AGCO
to demonstrate compliance with the above criteria. However,
licensees are required to produce such documentation, if requested
by the AGCO.
Licensees that do not meet the above criteria are required to follow
the usual application process for a temporary extension of premises
and apply through iAGCO. In addition, licensees who wish to maintain
the patio extension beyond January 1, 2021, must apply for a
permanent modification through iAGCO and must meet all applicable
2. We are awaiting confirmation from PIB and AVIVA – whether or
not you must inform them that you are no longer VACANT but will be
opening your patio and therefore most likely will be using the
office, perhaps the kitchen and bar area for the bar tender only. We
do not want any coverage denied should something happen to an
employee, volunteer, Legionnaire or guest and AVIVA takes a stance
that they were NOT notified.
3. Branches will need to familiarize themselves with the Workplace
Safety and Prevention Service for Office Administration, Kitchen
Staff, Bar Staff, Cleaning and Disinfecting areas such as counter
tops, chairs, table tops, handling of dishware, glassware, bottles,
countertops, debit machines, handling of cash, bathrooms including
toilets, sinks, door handles, possible PPE and hand sanitizer
availability – most of which can be found under
4. Furthermore, prior to opening the Branch Executive should make a
decision based on the viability of the branch to open immediately.
If you have a small patio and people from separate homes need to
stay 2 metres (6 ft) apart and room is required for a server to also
maintain that distance from table to table – is it financially
feasible to have a bartender, a server to the patio, a cleaner
disinfecting/wiping all areas down, someone cooking in the kitchen
or bbq on the patio, the utilities back on, etc. based on the amount
of Legionnaires you can serve (income vs. expense) at this
5. Attached are several important documents/information to consider
and posters you may wish place in and around your branch
www.ontario.ca/ppe to review a list of companies that sell personal
protective equipment (PPE).
We, as always, endeavour to assist branches as they economically try to
recover while maintaining absolute safety of Veterans, friends, families
and patrons of the Royal Canadian Legion Branches in Ontario. We will
share as much information with you as possible in order to attempt to
make the best informed decision for your individual branches.
The Royal Canadian Legion
Ontario Provincial Command