Most restaurants in the province make only 30 to 50 percent of their sales compared to the same period last year
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently no sit-down restaurants in Nova Scotia that are making a profit.
“Although there are some in the profit mode, they are fast food operations,” Gordon Stewart, executive director of Nova Scotia’s Restaurant Association, said in an email. “Most operators in Halifax or Nova Scotia are selling only 30 to 50 percent more than in the same period last year.”
Six months after the start of the epidemic in Nova Scotia, businesses and restaurants are still suffering from a shortage of customers.
In Lower Halifax, business owners are concerned that conditions may improve.
CBC News Reported Only 20 to 25 percent of the downtown workforce returned. Without the lunch rush, the happy-go-lucky crowd and the tourist bug, there aren’t too many customers to serve businesses.
Patrick Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, told The Todd Winotte’s Show of News 95.7 that “they are still in a lot of different trouble.” “Frankly, they don’t expect us to get much better when we fall.”
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of Nova Scotians have lost their jobs or started working from home.
Sullivan said the hospitality industry in the hospitality industry, including Holi, restaurants and tourist attractions, employs more than 30,000 people in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
However, he does not think that the home model from work will be long-term. He said humans need social interaction and need office spaces and meetings to create new ideas and brainstorming.
“I think it’s time for a change,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. The government, and I think the legislature, they have six months to figure it out. Now is the time to get back to the offices and it is my opinion that people can do it safely. This means we need to wear a little more mask inside the offices, but I think there is a way to get people back there. ”
When Nova Scotia’s workforce wants to return to office space, Sullivan says the province should make travel easier for business travelers.
Currently, Nova Scotia requires 14 days of self-segregation after all travelers arrive from outside the Atlantic Bubble. In the rest of the Atlantic provinces, the guidelines have changed slightly.
Those who work elsewhere in New Brunswick, Canada do not need to be self-sufficient when returning home. On Prince Edward Island, workers returning home are required to self-isolate until they return negative to the COVID-19 test. In Newfoundland and Labrador, those who return home from work elsewhere in Canada may end their period of self-isolation after seven days and receive a negative COVID-19 test.
“I think there’s a clear gap from the people who are approaching policy and speed,” he says.
Policies were quickly drawn up in March, April and May in support of businesses and workers. But he said he had not heard anything from the province since June.
“There were 500,000 room nights last year in Nova Scotia for business travelers,” he says. “Tourism is over. But we can still get some business travelers to come back and spend money on meals and hotel rooms. ”
In August, a survey found that many Atlantic Canadians opposed the bursting of the Atlantic bubble. According to the survey, 77 percent oppose the reopening of Atlantic Canada to other parts of the country, while 95 percent oppose the reopening of the Canada-US border.
Atlantic Canadians are strongly opposed to opening its borders to the rest of Canada within the next month, removing the necessary detention period. Atlantic Canadians oppose opening the Canada / US border. Visit https://t.co/6xnpxSMyp1 To see the news release of the results pic.twitter.com/ekzZOQAVDJ
– Narrative research (EVENORATIVE) August 13, 2020
Sullivan said he knew he had a passion for opening borders, but also focused on the number of cases reported by each province.
“I don’t want this to be an example to the economy against health,” he said. “We’re in a health crisis and we’re in a financial crisis – it’s not one or the other. We’re in two crises right now.”
“The pandemic Nova will affect all Scots. I’m not suggesting that we bet to get back to where we are, but we are now wearing masks; We are now physically away. We are doing things very differently than we are doing in February and March. ”