Ottawa Companies Feel Squeezed – BoilingNews

As businesses in Ottawa face their first day of new COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, many owners say the light at the end of the tunnel has just come so much further away.

Retailers and hospitality companies are among the hardest hit as the Ontario government limits capacity to 50 percent. Gordon Gifford, co-owner of Savoy Brasserie in Westboro, says Omicron was already affecting the business, but the new rules will hit hard.

“It has cut our Christmas business down significantly. This is a huge time of year for us, so when we reach 50 percent capacity when we were at max for most of December, we are literally halved,” Gifford said. Traditionally, the third week of December is where we make the big bucks, and this week it’s not going to happen. “

Mandy Gosewich, owner of Stunning in the ByWard Market, sees the new rules as a painful necessity; her store is less than 400 square meters, so space was always limited. She sees this as a way to offer an even more intimate shopping experience.

“If we do what we’re asked to do, it might help us not to have a new lockdown, which you really hope, right?” said Gosewich. “I’m lucky I’m still here, that after almost nine years of being in business I’ve come through what I hope is the worst, but it’s still scary that it still keeps me awake at night.”

Business leaders are urging all levels of government for support and hope federal and provincial programs return to help cope with this latest COVID storm. Small business advocate Michael Wood says as consumer confidence declines and corporate debt levels continue to rise, governments need to step in and offer help.

“It will be another lean Christmas for many retailers in our city. There are a lot of small businesses – especially restaurants and hospitality are serious, “Wood said.” If we are to do this, small businesses need more financial support. “

Even with state aid, Wood says the best way to help local businesses continues to be to spend your hard-earned dollars locally.

“All we can ask people in the city of Ottawa is to continue to support us. Our livelihood depends on you. We thank you for spending your time and money with us.”


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