“It doesn’t make sense to us”: small group of businesses must close under health ordinances


WINNIPEG – It’s been almost a week since the province put in place new health restrictions in the greater Winnipeg area in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some businesses are required to close their doors for at least two weeks, but only businesses that have a liquor license for entertainment establishments.

Allen Morrison, the owner of the 200 Club on Garry Street, kept the front door closed all week.

Now he asks why so few establishments are being targeted.

“The only remaining license that was not allowed to open was mine, an entertainment facility,” Morrison said. “Myself and 14 other licenses in the province out of 2,100”.

On Monday, the PC government announced that companies holding liquor licenses for entertainment establishments were to close their doors to members of the public except for take-out.

Initially, the province said all beverage halls, bingo halls, casinos and event centers would be required to close, but on Monday the province amended the ordinance to only include entertainment facilities.

Morrison said he supports all health regulations so far, but wants his business to be on par with others.

“How can I be a bigger threat than any of the other five businesses on my street? [when] did both of them test positive? Morrison said.

“I would like someone to answer this question for me, why am I sacrificing and why my staff are sacrificing themselves?” ”

Christopher Graves, the owner of King’s Head Pub, had to close his doors and open a take-out food service so his staff could continue working.

He doesn’t think shutting down such a small number of companies will help flatten the curve.

“Other places that have had multiple infractions and repeat offenders, and which are allowed to remain open?” It doesn’t make sense to us, ”Graves said.

In a statement to CTV News, the province of Manitoba said:

“Upon further review and consultation, it became evident that the industry has evolved beyond current alcohol categories which have not been significantly updated in decades. The alcohol license categories were designed to be a tool of alcohol law enforcement, not a public health response.

“Our commitment has always been to take as few restrictions as possible for the greatest benefit to public health. ”

The province said that since many beverage halls were functioning as restaurants, it was determined that a closure of these types of businesses would not be necessary at this time.

Morrison said Club 200 is one of the very few places people in the 2SLGBTQ + community can feel safe, and other than Fame Night Club, it’s Regina’s only 2SLGBTQ + space in Toronto. .

“Give us the same opportunity to make a living, keep our doors open, and keep our staff at work that they have given to all the other licenses in this city. “


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