TORONTO — Enterprise homeowners in Toronto are turning to stunts and dramatic measures in an effort to remain afloat amid renewed lockdown measures put in place by the Ontario authorities to fight the rising unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Storefronts within the Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood of Toronto have been wrapped in brown paper marked with “for lease” messages as a part of a marketing campaign to warn residents that native unbiased companies are in peril.
The marketing campaign, launched by the Roncesvalles Village Enterprise Enchancment Space, goals to encourage the help of native small companies over on-line retail big Amazon.com or massive field shops equivalent to Costco and Walmart, which aren’t topic to the identical lockdown restrictions.
Within the Etobicoke space of town, Adamson Barbecue determined to open for indoor eating, drawing crowds to the restaurant on Tuesday afternoon.
The barbecue joint’s transfer comes after politicians and public well being officers banned indoor eating within the metropolis and demanded companies promoting non-essential items in Peel Area and Toronto shut their doorways and solely function by means of supply and curbside pickup.
The Canadian Federation of Impartial Enterprise estimated earlier within the yr that 160,000 companies throughout the nation might completely shut resulting from COVID-19. It now believes that quantity may climb all the way in which to 225,000 if restrictions persist.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 24, 2020.
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