OTTAWA – Ottawa residents and businessmen are putting an end to a provincial-wide strike as Govt-19 cases continue to rise in the capital.
Many small businesses spent Good Friday opening their doors, bringing in last-minute business just before the four-week closure.
“Frustration because it’s been a year now, it’s the third lock, so how well they work and the restaurants continue to look unique,” said John Borston, owner of Jack’s Diner.
The latest shutdown is if the dining rooms and patio are closed. Jack’s Dinner at the Beaver Market highlights the takeout for the next 28 days only.
“April is when we start to get out of the winter blues. Of course, this winter was blueer than ever, because of the locking and low capacity, I mean poor staff,” Borston said.
As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the province has hit the emergency brake in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID strains. Health officials are urging caution over the long weekend.
“We are deep in the neck in the third wave, we know how it spreads, we know where it spreads, we know how to prevent it, the easiest way to do that is not to get together with people who do not live in your home.” And a member of the Ontario Govt-19 Vaccine Task Force.
Another affected hair salon and barber shops will be closed for the next four weeks.
“It’s unfortunate that we go above and beyond to make our clients feel safe, because this is a private business, for which we are being punished,” said Ryan Shields, a barber in the House of Barons.
Many customers left on Friday to finally get a trim.
“At the last minute, I needed a haircut before locking in. Thank God these guys were open during the holidays,” Harry Crew said.
The House of Barons at Sussex Drive was allowed to open on Good Friday, the last rush of customers.
“I was constantly on the phone with customers trying to sort everything out,” Shields said.
Gyms and fitness facilities in the province are also being forced to close.
“Having the government seems like they’ve chosen to close, I’m definitely tired, my staff are tired, we’ve all tired, this time it’s a huge success,” said owner Ashley Mathews.
But there are some hopes in releasing the vaccine, Ottawa’s top doctor says it could be the ultimate motivation.
“We need time to get down to the age to reach high-risk people, and then we don’t need this kind of locking again,” Dr. Vera Etches told a news conference Thursday.