Hungry people are rallying across the country in a weekly Canada Takeout day initiative that aims to boost up business for restaurants. The movement has since been coined #TakeoutDay. It calls for individuals to lean on their beloved local dining spots every Wednesday instead of opting for a homecooked meal.
Joining the movement is simple. All you have to do is order dinner for a local spot, that's it.
To make it even easier, on their Instagram, Canada Takeout has been spotlighting different joints across the country and even some of the deals they have.
This comes as the food industry has been hard hit by COVID-19.
Seeking to cater to customers and their employees, a lot of food businesses have switched to takeout and delivery services in an effort to accommodate new social distancing protocols.
With about 800,000 food service jobs lost throughout the country due to the pandemic, Restaurants Canada reports, it seems to be the only option available.
In a press release issued Wednesday, the organization's President and CEO Shanna Munro commented on how the industry has been affected.
"Not only was our industry among the first to feel the impacts of COVID-19, we've been one of the hardest hit so far, with nearly two thirds of our workforce now lost. We would love to see Canadians embrace #TakeoutDay and support those restaurants who are still able to operate through takeout or delivery," she said.
The official start date is April 15 and will include a Facebook variety show kick-off, hosted by Canada's Great Kitchen Party.
Guests will include some musical talents and athletes like Alan Doyle, Ed Robertson, and Tom Cochrane.
The full lineup is expected to be announced closer to the date.
Other Canadian celebrities are getting in on the action.
Chef Mark McEwan put out a call to action on Youtube Tuesday, along with other chefs, urging more Canadians to join the movement.
"There has never been a time like this, never been a bigger challenge for the restaurant industry. The greatest thing you can do is on April 15th, support your local restaurant by doing takeout," says McEwan.
Currently, places like the Joey Restaurant have already switched their business models to navigate how people get access to their food during the pandemic.
While other restaurants are trying to do their best to bring in customers who are afraid to venture outdoors.