In an effort to end the lockdown and get back to work, dozens of Toronto businesses plan to defy current stay-at-home orders and open up next week.
It’s no secret that small businesses have been struggling during the pandemic, as it’s been over two months since Mayor John Tory and Dr. Eileen de Villa announced stricter measures for the City, including the shutdown of non-essential businesses.
As a result, some businesses have signed up for an initiative called ‘We Are All Essential’ whose slogan states, “Together We Can End the Lockdown.”
The initiative is inviting business owners across Canada to open their doors next week on February 11th and begin working like normal. So far, 335 small businesses across the country have joined the network.
“Together we can end the lockdowns,” the flyer reads, prompting small-business owners to re-open on February 11.
The group has started a hashtag called #StayOpen (Photo: Courtesy of WeAreAllEssential.ca)
Many small business owners have been struggling during the pandemic, forcing many to permanently shut doors. Various initiatives have been circulating across social media platforms, urging consumers to shop local.
According to a report by Statistics Canada, an estimated 25,614 businesses have shut down across Ontario alone since February 2020, leaving thousands unemployed and frustrated.
With no information on when the lockdown restrictions will be eased in the City of Toronto, dozens of like-minded businesses plan to open next week.
In fact, just two months ago the owner of a barbecue joint called Adamson Barbecue, located in Etobcioke, defied lockdown orders and opened their doors to customers. The business owner, Adam Skelly, was arrested by police after a dramatic standoff that lasted three days.
“By joining us, you are expressing your willingness to take a stand against lockdowns and becoming a beacon of strength and hope for other business owners across Canada,” the official We Are Essential website reads.
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