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Tim Hortons to close dining room seating starting Tuesday

This comes in an effort to reduce contact among staff and customers

TORONTO — Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. says it is asking Canadian restaurant owners to provide take-out, drive-thru and delivery only in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The company says it is closing all dining room seating at Tim Hortons effective Tuesday and will continue the closures until further notice.

The change comes as governments across the country urge Canadians to engage in social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.

Restaurant Brands says if there are further instructions from public health officials it will take any necessary extra steps. 

It acknowledged that Tim Hortons restaurants are gathering places for communities, but says it has a responsibility to protect its guests during this uncertain time.

Following the lead of public health agencies, businesses have been moving to reduce contact among both staff and customers, and limiting non-essential travel.

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The Canadian Press