Customers ready as patios open for business with safety restrictions

Today, Thursday June 12th, the Ontario Provincial government lifted further ‘regional’ COVID-19 restrictions to enable restaurant patios to open.

One of the regions, Bruce County, saw patios open with customers eagerly waiting.

In Port Elgin, the Wismer House immediately saw customers lining up for a patio lunch.

“We’re long time customers of the Wismer and could hardly wait for this day,” said Lise and John Leonard of Port Elgin who were enjoying lunch with a cold brew.

                                      Lise and John Leonard enjoyed the first day of the patio opening

The Wismer House is also currently in the process of opening an upper patio that will feature the freshest of draft beer from the recently opened ‘Three Sheets Brewing Co.’ ,located below the patio with direct lines to the upper bar.  The patio with its ‘bird’s eye view’ is anticipated to officially open on Wednesday, June 17th.

                                          A view from the heights

“We have taken all kinds of public health measures to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff,” said owner Jeff Carver.

                                                             safe distancing at Walker House

Southampton patios also opened for business despite cool temperatures off Lake Huron.  The Walker House patio opened with people lining up in social distancing.

Highview Restaurant on High Street has opened a delightful little patio tucked between the restaurant and the adjacent Miller Insurance building.  Strategically distanced picnic tables, complete with tablecloths and potted trees along with nighttime lighting, all create a cozy atmosphere perfect for enjoying a dinner or late night snack with a glass of wine.

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