- Several restaurants in Winnipeg are temporarily closing due to rising COVID-19 concerns, reducing the number of places to eat in the city.
- The Handsome Daughter on Sherbrook Street also announced a temporary closure on social media while waiting for COVID test results.
The number of places to eat in Winnipeg is shrinking as several restaurants close temporarily due to rising COVID-19 concerns.
On Monday, one of his employees tested positive for the virus, so Kevin Byrne, managing partner of Confusion Corner Drinks and Food, decided to get a rapid test for himself.
“On Tuesday, I got a positive test. “Once I found out for myself, I shut it down,” Byrne told CTV News. “I’m in close contact with all of my staff.”
After the closure was announced, Byrne said he began contacting customers to cancel reservations.
“It sounds simple, but it isn’t,” Byrne explained, “because a lot of people have contacted me asking if they were served by someone who had tested positive.”
“All of my employees are required to be tested,” says the manager, “but many of them waited three, four, or five hours and will not receive results until after Christmas.”
Due to positive cases, confusion Corner Drinks and Food isn’t the only local eatery to close.
The Roost on Corydon Avenue announced on social media that it would be closing temporarily due to the positive COVID-19 test results of people close to them.
The Handsome Daughter on Sherbrook Street also announced a temporary closure on social media while waiting for COVID test results.
The decision to close right before the holidays, according to Shaun Jeffrey, president of the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, isn’t easy.
“Keeping Manitobans and their employees safe is top of mind, and that has some implications for their livelihood and business operations,” Jeffrey said.
The province announced a new financial relief program on Wednesday to assist businesses dealing with the fourth wave of COVID.
Scott Fielding, the Minister of Finance, stated that relief amounts would vary depending on employees.
“If you go down Corydon and see restaurants, they probably have upwards of 20 or more employees, so they’d be eligible for about $9,000 in assistance.”
According to Jeffrey, the program is off to a good start.
“What we’re dealing with right now is a revolving collaboration between the affected industries and the government.”
According to Jeffrey, Manitobans should continue to show their support for the industry by ordering takeout and purchasing gift cards.
According to Byrne, confusion Corner Drinks and Food will have to close for the next few weeks while employees are tested, and he’ll likely lay them off so they can collect unemployment benefits while the restaurant is closed.
“Right now, my main focus is on figuring out how to ensure that (employees) have some sort of income coming in.”
Source: CTV News
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