A Belleville store proprietor and former metropolis councillor says if COVID-19 numbers worsen regionally and extra restrictions are put in place, it might be actually dangerous for small companies.
Tom Lafferty, who owns a menswear retailer in Downtown Belleville, has been a vocal advocate for small companies, who he says are being handled unfairly in comparison with their “large field” rivals, relating to pandemic-related guidelines and restrictions.
He says that whereas we’ve been very lucky right here and labored laborious to restrict the unfold, the primary wave has already claimed different companies and he’s nonetheless nervous in regards to the weeks forward, provided that the vacation procuring season is simply getting underway.
“Within the retail enterprise we simply stay for December. You type of stumble your manner by way of as greatest you possibly can to get to December and if we get shut down, you’re going to see fairly extreme penalties from that. Individuals have to have entry and retailers have to be open for that 4 weeks from the top of November by way of December.”
He added that whereas each the provincial and federal governments have labored laborious by way of the pandemic, extra must be carried out to assist these companies which are nonetheless operating, not simply those which have needed to shut down.
Lafferty additionally that whereas he understands why some native companies have determined to disclaim service to clients who come from COVID-19 scorching spots, he’s undecided each enterprise might afford to do this. He additionally doesn’t anticipate a spike in out-of-town guests, given the truth that retailers in different areas nearer to scorching spots are nonetheless open.