Government data shows that over 60% of all restaurants within Canada could close permanently in November.
“The Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), produced by Statistics Canada with support from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, found that 29% of accommodation and food service businesses cannot operate at all with social distancing measures in effect,” writes an Our Restaurants press release.
Our Restaurants is a campaign organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in association with various food and beverage industry leaders.
“A further 31% will only able to remain operational for up to 90 days with distancing measures in effect. In other words, up to 60% of the industry could fail within three months,” the statement goes on to say.
In recent weeks, health officials have been warning Canadians that some form of a second coronavirus lockdown could be possible should cases continue to surge and prevention measures are not followed.
“Right now is manageable, we can detect our cases, but this virus, as I’ve said, is in our backyards. So we can’t let our guards down,” said Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.
Recently, British Columbia forced nightclubs and banquet halls to shut down due to a spike in cases within the province.
“It is the time for all of us to cut back on our social interactions,” said BC’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“Despite weeks of effort by public health teams, these venues are still the source of significant risk to everybody in British Columbia.”