“Since Code Orange, party cancellations have increased,” said Siwicki, owner of Silver Heights Restaurant & Lounge.
“I lost pretty much all the reservations this week.”
Metro Winnipeg steps up to Orange restrictions on Monday; masks must be compulsory
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.
The story continues under the ad
“Restaurants don’t spread the virus, it’s people who come out with symptoms,” Siwicki said.
Latest COVID-19 modeling suggests Ontario could see around 1,000 cases per day in October
Trump says he ‘liked’ debating Biden, mistakenly claiming more debates will be called off
“People are just afraid to go out, even though we tell them it’s a safe environment.
“We are safer now than ever before.”
Manitoba businesses try to force masks amid new COVID-19 restrictions
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.
Any other restaurant / bar restrictions coming to Manitoba?
Show link »
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.