'It's going to get worse': Businesses brace for cold weather, closure of patios

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Businesses across the country are nervously eyeing their calendars and hoping that consumers will continue to visit long after outdoor spaces have closed and temperatures have dropped.

A waiter talks with patrons at a patio in Yorkville in Toronto, on Friday, June 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole BurstonTORONTO -- In the heat of the summer, Charles Khabouth is already thinking about the chill ahead.

"It's going to get worse because come October, November, December, it gets cold, there's no traffic, people are not on patios and people are not walking around."Khabouth's concerns are being mirrored by dozens of businesses across the country, nervously eyeing their calendars and hoping that consumers will continue to visit long after outdoor spaces have closed and temperatures have dropped.

The organization says surveys it conducted have shown only 26 per cent of small businesses are making normal sales and six in 10 are concerned that consumer spending will remain low even after the pandemic is over. Khabouth got through the summer months with physical distancing at his restaurants, a drive-in space that hosted concerts and movies, and by turning his Cabana Pool Bar into a massive outdoor restaurant, but even he had his hardships and isn't sure what the fall will bring.

It worked with the local government during the summer to get a physically distant patio opened and arranged for a food truck to regularly set up at the site. "When there's no one going out to restaurants, there's no one shopping at small boutiques," she said.

 

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Thank JustinTrudeau and his fear mongering.

Did anybody not see this coming?

Even more lives to be destroyed because of Covid. The fallout is going to be worse than the damn virus.

We were in Prague in January and there were lots of outdoor restaurants with propane heaters and people wearing winter coats! They were packed and it was chilly out!

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