Coronavirus: Code Orange another blow to Manitoba restaurants, owners say


Winnipeg restaurateurs say new Code Orange coronavirus restrictions are hurting an already fragile industry.Since Code Orange, which includes a mask mandate and a limit on picking sizes, went into effect in Manitoba on Monday, Tony Siwicki said business has dropped significantly at his restaurant.

“Since Code Orange, party cancellations have increased,” said Siwicki, owner of Silver Heights Restaurant & Lounge.

“I lost pretty much all the reservations this week.”

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But it is not necessarily the restrictions that prevent people from accessing the restaurant.

Siwicki believes the problem is the scary rise in coronavirus cases, along with comments made last week by Dr Brent Roussin when he said half of the new cases in Manitoba had visited restaurants and bars.

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“Restaurants don’t spread the virus, it’s people who come out with symptoms,” Siwicki said.

“People are just afraid to go out, even though we tell them it’s a safe environment.

“We are safer now than ever before.”

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Shawarma Khan, a quick and casual restaurant, is also hit hard.

Owner Obby Khan said business is worse now than it was during the summer months.

“The message is a bit confusing,” Khan said.

“It’s a little hard for people to read, ‘Can I go see Shawarma Khan? Or can I go to King + Bannatyne and grab my sandwich and go? Is it a high risk place like these clubs, restaurants and bars? ”

Public health said it was in talks with the restaurant industry to discuss ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and said more measures could be put in place.

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