New consumer data from Google confirms the latest restrictions in Ontario are impacting everyone. While consumers’ mindsets are improving toward recovery in other provinces, this is not the case in Ontario.
In response to Ontario’s reopening plan which doesn’t allow retailers to reopen until June 15, 2021 at 15% capacity, RCC launched a media campaign to push for a June 2, 2021 reopening date to coincide with the end of the current stay at home order.
Ontario is the only province in Canada – and only jurisdiction in North America – which continues to keep retail doors locked to the public. With tens of thousands of jobs already lost and many businesses at a final breaking point, Ontario needs to recognize the minimum transmission risk of COVID-19 in retail settings. By June 15, 2021 many retailers in Ontario will have been closed for 144 consecutive days – or a staggering 230 days in total – since the start of the pandemic. It’s even worse for retailers within malls that cannot reopen unless they have an externally facing door.