Coronavirus: Many Toronto business owners and employees confused about new color coding system – Toronto


The province’s new color-coding system for classifying each of Ontario’s public health units is confusing more than clarity for many, including a number of business owners like Jim Solomon of Hone Fitness who have had trouble. struggling to keep up with the ever-changing COVID-19. restrictions.“It was very confusing. I kept listening and wondering, “Can gyms open or not?” Solomon said, referring to Tuesday’s press conference where Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen of Villa.

Toronto being in the red zone, that means gyms can only accommodate a maximum of 10 people indoors. It’s a restriction that Solomon says will not benefit fitness centers.

“Our sites are 15,000 to 18,000 square feet. Allowing only 10 people at a time … the math is wrong. It is not commercially viable for us. “

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While the Ontario government has established the universal guideline with its color coding system, local medical officers of health may impose additional restrictions.

Employees of other companies have said they have lost some customers because people don’t know whether they are open or not.

“A lot of the students didn’t come back because they said, ‘Are you open, aren’t you open?’ So it’s stressful for all the employees and it’s stressful for the students, ”said Mark Read, who works in a dance studio in Toronto.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has raised concerns over the extended and prolonged period of restrictions, saying many industries could be at risk. He predicted that 160,000 businesses across Canada will no longer be here once the pandemic is over. He made this prediction before the second wave of business closures.

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“Businesses are already really, really weak, and many of them simply will not survive the COVID pandemic because there are no appropriate government support programs in place,” said the president of CFIB, Dan Kelly.

Meanwhile, Solomon said he would like to see gyms follow the same guidelines as places of worship which are currently allowed to operate at 30% capacity.

“We’re better off as a business and gym industry, allowing us to bring people in, but keeping the masks (and) mandatory,” Solomon said.

Toronto’s red zone restrictions go into effect on Saturday and last for at least 28 days.

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