B U S I N E S S PANDEMIC RULES SAY NO DANCING AND DON’T DRINK TOO MUCH
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“We are keeping a close eye on that,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). “I am hoping that we get co- operation from everybody.” Bars and nightclubs are among the busi- nesses that are now allowed to operate as part of Stage 3 in the Phase 2 part of the provincial government’s Ontario Restart plan for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic situation. All of Eastern Ontario entered Stage 3 over the July 18 weekend and other regions of Ontario entered Stage 3 status starting on the July 25 weekend. Toronto, Windsor and the Peel region were still limited to Stage 2, with its tighter res- trictions on business operations. Stage 3 includes some relaxation of the provincial pandemic restrictions on the public gatherings sizes, both for outdoor events or activities, and indoor for restaurants and bars. The limit for outdoor gatherings is 100 while the indoors limit is 50. The indoors limit also depends on what the actual indoor capacity was for a bar or restaurant or other such business. If the original indoor capacity for a business was less than 50, then it remains less than 50. It may be even less its original capacity because now the owner has to allow for social distancing demands between customers.
Operating a bar or nightclub means more social responsibility for the owner in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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It’s okay to meet with friends at the bar under the Stage 3 rules for dealing with the pandemic. But that also means no getting out on the dance floor or drinking too much and forgetting about social distancing. —stock photo
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to operate but they are responsible for main- taining pandemic public health guidelines like social distancing, having their clientele mask up while indoors, and being able to follow handwashing hygiene to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contagion. Owner/operators of bars also have to deal with other restrictions specific to their businesses. That includes no buffet-style food service, and no open dance floors for patrons. Bar or club owners can hire per- formers for dance show entertainment, but patrons are not allowed to get up and dance Lavigne, UCPR director for economic develop- ment and tourism, will prove significant for Prescott-Russell’s future economic strategy. “It will tell us which sector, or sectors, we should concentrate on and how we can innovate,” she said during a July 21 phone interview. In May during the early stages of the pandemic and the provincial lockdown, the UCPR’s economic development department did an online survey of the region’s busi- nesses, seeking information on how the pandemic was affecting their operations, how
themselves because it would be difficult to enforce social distancing. Dr. Roumeliotis is concerned about the risk of spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases for the EOHU region if bar and club owners fail to maintain control of their cus- tomers. People who drink too much become less inhibited and more inclined to ignore or forget about social distancing.
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This means that businesses like bars, nightclubs, and movie theatres are allowed “We’ve seen multitudes of (COVID-19) cases related to bars in Québec and other areas,” concluded Dr. Roumeliotis. BUSINESS SURVEY WILL PAINT CLEAR PICTURE OF PANDEMIC IMPACT
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they were able to adapt or if they were able to adapt, if they had to lay off employees, and what kind of help they needed to survive the pandemic. More than 400 responses were received from the first survey. The results indicated that tourism was one of the hardest-hit sectors because of the provincial restric- tion on unnecessary travel, and that some businesses in other sectors had to cut back on some of their operating expenses, which included either laying off staff or reducing employee hours. A few businesses were able to adapt their operations to deal with the pandemic situation and continue to thrive. Many respondents stated that the senior levels of government needed to provide support programs for business struggling during the pandemic. The UCPR’s follow-up survey began in late June with a July 15 deadline for business owners to take part. The focus was to col- lect further information on how the various business sectors had coped during the pan- demic since the introduction of senior-level government support, how many needed and took advantage of the aid, how businesses fared with or without government support, and how they adapted to the social changes resulting from the pandemic. “We are still compiling results,” Lavigne said, regarding data collection for the survey evaluation report. “At the moment we’re at 279 responses (compiled).” Once all the responses are compiled, Lavigne’s staff will be able to analyze them, and determine any trends. She noted that results of the two surveys will also assist with a revision of the UCPR’s current stra- tegic economic development plan.
Prescott-Russell’s eight mayors will have a better idea of the local econo- mic impact of COVID-19 when they get together over the Internet in August. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) August 12 committee of the whole agenda will include a summary report from the second business survey on the regional effect of the pandemic. Results of this survey and its predecessor, noted Carole
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