Watson endorses provincial determination to quickly pinch Ottawa’s economic system due to rising COVID-19 circumstances


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Watson obtained a briefing on the restrictions from Premier Doug Ford and Finance Minister Rod Phillips earlier within the day.

“We’ll use this 28-day interval to investigate, actually, if the closure of the eating places has been efficient and if we begin to see the numbers go down considerably then it was clearly the fitting determination,” Watson stated. “If not, then we’ll have that dialogue with the premier as a result of this is a vital a part of the economic system. Whereas we’ve to think about well being as the primary precedence, we even have to think about the well being of the economic system as nicely.”

Mark Kaluski, chair of the Ottawa Coalition of Enterprise Enchancment Areas, predicted a “devastating” influence to small companies and lots of small house owners “are typically feeling this can be a little bit of a nail within the coffin.”

“Everyone seems to be simply annoyed and on the finish of their rope,” Kaluski stated.

Kaluski stated the province’s determination received’t be a shock to companies however will probably be a gut-punch to restaurant house owners who’ve adopted the steerage from public well being officers.

The timing can be brutal as a result of eating places rely on enterprise throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, Kaluski stated.

Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury stated whereas the general public well being protections are mandatory, it’s “extraordinarily worrisome” for his business areas, particularly the ByWard Market, which is full of eating places. The viability of ground-floor companies is in danger, he stated.

Fleury stated the province ought to think about providing loans for companies to allow them to get quick reduction and pay again the borrowed cash after the pandemic.