Restaurants issued new guidelines to help protect against ‘drinking straw’ poisoning

Restaurants which serve beer, alcohol, or foods typically containing specific colors or herbs will have higher levels of carbon dioxide, according to the company. Loosen up and don’t push a straw to drink.

Canadian restaurant industry company Room 111 recently alerted its eateries that they should consider drinking from single-use drinking straws or towels with a scent rather than going strawless. Credit: Room 111

“Although these health concerns are unconfirmed, we have posted warnings outside our restaurants and issued daily safety reminders to our staff and our customers,” Restaurant X, a Toronto restaurant, said in a statement. “We’ve asked customers to only go to the restroom if their order specifies that their straw must be used.”

Just a week ago, an American hotelier argued that a ban on plastic straws would hurt business and prevent customers from recovering from alcohol.

Toronto Public Health has advised the use of safety goggles, masks, and earplugs after 13 cases of acute COVID-19 have been confirmed in Toronto. More cases of COVID-19 has been reported since then.

Public Health warns that contact with COVID-19 remains rare, but once it happens, it can put people at greater risk of feeling ill, even potentially requiring hospitalization.

Toronto Public Health may be encountering a heightened health risk near the Scotiabank Arena, a former soccer facility, now leased to hoteliers and restaurants. The hockey arena’s Exhibition Place has been the site of a reported cluster of mysterious illnesses and conditions in recent months. Toronto Public Health insists that recreational activities, such as soccer, can help people to recover from any COVID-19 exposure. But it is advising tourists not to use the arena, specifically the CLIO Restaurant near the main entrance, for a light lunch.

The building is also home to a number of eateries, such as the basement restaurant of Hotel X and CLIO Restaurant at the Exhibition Place. A spokesman for Hotel X said the restaurant does not accommodate smoking customers. But the spokesman also stressed that the restaurant adheres to the health standards set out by the Ontario Public Health Care (OPHHC).

The controversial idea of banning plastic straws first entered the public consciousness at the SXSW Festival and Conference earlier this year, and President Donald Trump has repeatedly declared that he supports a ban.

“I am a big believer in jobs, in working men and women, and everybody’s talking about eliminating jobs,” Trump told a reporter in May. “I think every single job has to be looked at.”

Read the full story at The Toronto Star.

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