At this point it remains unclear whether Skelly intends to attempt to reopen today but he seemed to hint at the possibility in a post on the restaurant's official Instagram page last night, sharing an animated image of him standing on a police cruiser and wielding a spatula along with the caption "Etobicoke".
On Monday, Toronto and Peel Region officially entered a 28-day lockdown, forcing restaurants to close their patios and keep indoor dining rooms shuttered. "If he opens tomorrow we will be here".
Police arrived on scene shortly after the restaurant opened and Toronto police Insp.
Etobicoke restaurant remains open Tuesday after defying provincial orders, allowing indoor dining
Carleton Grant, who heads the city's bylaw enforcement unit, told the Star's Jennifer Pagliaro earlier on Tuesday morning that the restaurant's plan to open was brought to his attention "from a number of internal sources".
Despite Ontario regulations requiring all restaurants to be closed, except for takeout, delivery and drive-through, this establishment opened its doors to patrons for dine-in eating in contravention of the law that is created to protect people from the spread of COVID-19. "That direction was not the appropriate direction that should have been given", Barkley told reporters.More news: Kelly Loeffler has negative COVID-19 test two days after positive
Throughout the day dozens of customers were seen eating inside and on picnic benches set up outside, many of whom were not wearing masks.
In a release issued late Tuesday afternoon, the city said that it immediately began an investigation after determining that customers were being allowed to dine onsite at Adamson Barbecue but had to gather all the facts before enforcement action could be taken.
A story posted to Instagram by Adamson Barbecue Nov. 25, 2020.More news: Nintendo eShop Black Friday Sale
Any individual who violates the province's emergency orders could face fines of $750 to $100,000.
"Please, you have to follow the protocols and the guidelines because if everyone does what he does. you're going to be asking me another question when we hit 2,000, 3,000 cases a day", Ford told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. "For anybody who's a fan of freedom and sovereignty, the right to choose what you wear, where to go, who to have over at your house, what businesses you can go to, I'd love to meet you tomorrow".More news: Hal Ketchum, "Small Town Saturday Night" Singer, Dead at 67