The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has launched a petition urging the Ontario government to permit small businesses to reopen with at least a 20 per cent capacity limit.
“Keeping small businesses across the province in lockdown is crushing our local economies,” says the CFIB, whose petition can be found at http://promo.cfib-fcei.ca/saveontario
“Continuing to keep our stores, our gyms, our salons and countless other businesses closed means thousands will not survive. Business owners and their families will lose their futures and many will lose their homes. Employees will lose their livelihoods. Our communities will lose their rich diversity,” says the federation. The petition states: “We must move beyond the “all or nothing” lockdown approach that is leaving our local economies behind. Ontarians need jobs to come back to when this is all over! Let’s show the Ontario Spirit and save our local businesses!”