Businesspersons in Calgary have shown their steadfast love and care to their customers and staff by calling for more significant action from the provincial government to introduce stricter restrictions as a way to protect their customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately one percent of Alberta’s COVID-19 cases have been linked to restaurant settings.

The pub, restaurants, and bars owners have already introduced stricter restrictions and are ready to temporarily close their doors to protect staff and patrons’ health.

The owner of Dickens pub in downtown Calgary, Chris Hewitt, has temporarily shut down his business. He said it wasn’t an easy decision but felt wrong to continue inviting customers, performers, and staff to the pub while the cases were rising.

Besides, Hewitt said his team was exposed to many people, and they were doing their best to keep everyone safe. The whole hospitality industry had done a great job of following guidelines and keeping transmission low but, at a certain point, when cases were rising that much, it’s a matter of time before someone would get sick there. The businessman said he didn’t want to see that happen. In his opinion, Hewitt said there was no perfect decision that could be made in that situation apart from a short shutdown.

Similarly, David Ronneberg, owner of The Establishment Brewing Company in the southeast, has closed his taproom to guests. He said it wasn’t easy for him to decide because they had staff employed, which affected them. Furthermore, Ronneberg said he chose to do that because he anticipates something’s going to happen in the future anyway. He believes it was the best decision to protect his staff and customers.

Zoe Cooper, the spokeswoman for Alberta Health, said in a statement. Restaurant, bar, and pub operators had worked hard to follow the government’s guidance to protect their patrons. She added the announced measures were temporary and designed to help businesses to stay open. However, Cooper said individual companies could opt to take additional action if they felt it’s in their best interest. Many restaurants across the province had introduced their own stricter measures or temporarily closed for that reason.

On the other hand, Nicola Tropez, marketing manager for The Ship and Anchor on 17th Avenue, said they had started taking contact information from guests for easy contact tracing. Additionally, she said their objective was to remain where people could come and know they’re cautious. Tropez is hopeful they can continue to provide a virtual community to many people as they have done before. Moreover, she said the government needed to find a better solution soon because a lockdown closer to the holidays would be disastrous for local business.


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