TORONTO, June 16, 2021 / CNW / – Retailers haven’t caused COVID-19, but have paid the price in the past 15 months. Ontario is now the only jurisdiction with stores forcibly closed, not only in North America, but globally. The government’s mantra is ‘open for business’, yet the reality is that Ontario is the only jurisdiction in the world that is still closed. We are the last to move.
The effect of these closures has been vast and pernicious, and it is high time that they were reversed. We are now at a point where we have passed the threshold set by the government to move forward. Ontario’s health trends are well ahead of what they anticipated when the province’s three-step plan was introduced. And yet thousands of retailers, especially those in shopping malls, remain closed.
Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has always challenged the complete closure of retail stores as these are low-risk environments for the spread of COVID-19 and the data fully confirms this. Other provinces have chosen to strike a balance between health AND economic concerns. For example, Quebec continues to see a steady decline in the number of new cases, despite allowing retailers to reopen months ago.
We know it has been a difficult road with many difficult and complex decisions for the government to make. But after 15 months of neglect – 230+ days – retailers want to get back to work. Not just for our store owners, but for our employees and customers.
Retail is not the problem and it is time to move on. First Ford: open now.
Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada
About the Retail Council of Canada
Retail is the largest private sector employer in Canada. Members of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) account for over two-thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is an industry-funded, non-profit association representing small, medium and large retail businesses in communities across the country. As the Voice of Retail â¢ in Canada, we are proud to represent more than 45,000 stores in all retail formats, including departments, grocery stores, specialties, discounts, independent retailers and merchants. line. www.RetailCouncil.org
SOURCE Retail Council of Canada
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