Many Ottawa retailers allowed to reopen Tuesday, but caution prevails

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Some Ottawa stores will take their first steps on Tuesday to resume business as usual.

But it could be weeks, even months, before the city’s shopping streets look like they did before the COVID-19 pandemic forced shops, restaurants and bars to close two months ago.

“I look forward to getting back to normal, working with people,” said Martin Wright, owner of Magpie Jewelery, which has three locations in Ottawa. “But I don’t want to make someone sick and I don’t want someone to get sick, so I want to make sure it’s safe. “

Wright said he expects the Bank Street store in Glebe to be the first to reopen a week from Tuesday, followed by the one in Westboro. Each store will limit the number of customers to two or three at a time, which means it does not expect revenues to return to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon.

Magpie has centralized much of its inventory to facilitate online sales and now has to redistribute the jewelry to its stores to reopen. “We are far from ready, but it will not take too long,” he said.

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