Halton Hills mayor urges provincial government to allow small businesses to reopen

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Published June 4, 2021 at 3:22 pm

Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette is urging the provincial government to allow small businesses to reopen prior to the projected reopening date of June 14.

“I know these are trying times for you and your government making daily difficult decisions on COVID-19 related matters. It is also a difficult time for small businesses in the Province of Ontario,” said Bonnette in a letter to Premier Doug Ford.

“We are reaching close to 70 per cent of the population with at least one vaccination. Our COVID-19 cases are now falling well below 1,000 cases per day as well as our test positive percentages are experiencing the lowest numbers since April,” he said.

In the letter, Bonnette also emphasized that since the start of the pandemic, small businesses including salons, barbers, restaurants with patios, gyms, dance studios, small retail shops and more have all taken a great financial hit.

The mayor also noted that when the premier allowed small businesses to open in part with restrictions, the businesses all adhered to the regulations.

“Every day a business can open it is putting money in someone’s pocket to help pay their bills and help the economy,” said Bonnette.

“I have heard many concerns from the “Mom & Pop” businesses that are ideal for browsing and spontaneous shopping.  These are the faces of Main St. Ontario. Salons, dance studios are predominantly run by women entrepreneurs and this sector of our businesses have been hit extremely hard.”

Bonnette concluded his letter by stating that he hopes the provincial government will consider opening small businesses with health guidelines in place.

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