Popular Mississauga cafe temporarily closing due to COVID-19 outbreak

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While some stores, restaurants and shopping centres have elected to remain open amidst the coronavirus outbreak (at least for now), other foodservice hotspots are choosing to temporarily shutter their doors. 

Studio 89, a popular cafe and community hub that hosts everything from paint nights to poetry slams, recently announced that it will be closing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Dear community, . Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close until March 30th in light of the ongoing developments with COVID-19. . Our staff, volunteers, and community members’ safety is paramount to us. . We hope this time away will give us all an opportunity to reflect on why we needed a global pandemic to commit to washing our hands. . We are in the process of rolling out a Seniors Support Program. Stay tuned to Studio.89’s social media platforms for more information! . #studio89 #communityhub #fairtradecafe #socialenterprise #nonprofit #ngo #nfp #insauga #inpeel #mississauga #oakville #gta #programs #events #communityprograms #seniorsprogram #supportindependent #supportlocal

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Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close until March 30 in light of the ongoing developments with COVID-19,” cafe operators wrote in a recent Instagram post. 

Our staff, volunteers, and community members’ safety is paramount to us.”

The company also announced that it’s in the process of rolling out a seniors support program. 

While it’s not yet clear if the Canadian and Ontario governments will recommend the closure of all non-essential businesses (as of now, most malls and restaurants are staying open), some retailers are choosing to send staff home for several weeks. 

On March 14, Urban Outfitters—which operates a location in Square One—announced that it is closing all of its stores until at least March 28. The brand, which will also be closing its Anthropologie stores, says it will pay employees during the shutdown. Aritiza, which also operates a location in Square One, will also be closing temporarily. Other companies that have announced temporary COVID-19 related closures include GoodLife Fitness and the Mandarin (which will be suspending its buffet and dine-in services only). 

In response to the outbreak, Square One recently announced that it’s giving retailers the option of running at reduced hours for at least two weeks beginning March 16. 

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