“It just makes you a little uncomfortable, being a senior and everything,” Barkman said.
Since the Manitoba pandemic restrictions were lifted on restaurants, he dines out once a week, but says he will wait for now.
“We will listen to the news and be careful about it,” he said.
Michelle and Wendell Martens are taking no chances. When they eat out, they only get take out.
“We figured we would keep a little more airspace around us,” Wendell said, adding that they wouldn’t be coming back within the confines of a restaurant until there was snow on the ground. , and maybe not even then.
“We will have to reassess at this point and see what the COVID conditions are. ”
Isaac Loewen owns Golden Fried Burgers and Fries. This is one of at least two other businesses in the region that are temporarily closing as a precaution in light of local cases.
Even though no one who is connected to his restaurant is sick, he said it was not a difficult decision to close for a few days.
“The whole community has to play as a team or it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Other people do, and we even feel [if] there is a low percentage of chance that we can have it in our restaurant, we have to have all our staff tested, ”he said.
As for lost sales, Loewen says that’s a small price to pay.
“You take the safe end at the start, so we don’t have to get to the point where we all of a sudden go to a full stop again. Monetarily, I look at it like, take a little swipe now so we can keep doing business later, ”he said.
Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk says he thinks companies have taken the right steps to protect employees and the public.
He has no doubt that the local community will support the businesses during their closure and once they reopen.
“We have a great community, we have amazing people.… You know, it’s not easy when your favorite restaurant closes. They will support it and continue, ”he said.
Funk says the community will know more about how to move forward when provincial health officials hold an information session tomorrow.
“I am very proud of our businesses and the way they are handling this, and the way they are making sure that they are doing everything in their power to stop the spread of COVID-19. “