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Durham companies not allowed to reopen in Step 1 really feel snubbed

Whereas it’s been over two months for these Durham companies that might reopen in Step 1 Friday, there are nonetheless many others ready.

“We’re arrange and able to go,” mentioned Shawn Lewis, Customized Cutz Barbershop proprietor.

Lewis solely has to attend for the inexperienced mild from the province at this level however that’s not coming for a minimum of 21 days.

“There’s no purpose for us to not be in Step 1. We’re not the reason for it, we’re not spreading it, it’s not coming from private companies so there’s no purpose we ought to be penalized like this. We’re bored with begging the federal government, we simply need to get again to work,” mentioned Lewis.

Final time the Ontario economic system reopened, Lewis was capable of function below the colour-coded system as hair salons and barbershops have been allowed to open in Durham below purple restrictions.

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“It’s too lengthy now, we have to begin working,” mentioned Lewis.

Chris Skeates, proprietor of gymnasium F45 Whitby West, says he believes his gymnasium has “been closed longer than we’ve been open.”

It’s gotten to the purpose Skeates has misplaced rely. He opened his F45 gymnasium in west Whitby a 12 months and a half in the past and says it thrived final summer time.

“We could possibly be open proper now, with the identical case counts and ICU (intensive care unit) capability, plus with the vaccinations the place they’re at, we’re in such a greater place this 12 months vs. final 12 months and but we’re nonetheless closed,” mentioned Skeates.

Pre-pandemic, there have been as much as 36 folks and two coaches within the gymnasium at a time however restrictions have affected enterprise progress.

“With being restricted to 10 members per exercise, we really hit a wall of max capability in right here once we didn’t have sufficient time in a day to serve the quantity of members we had,” mentioned Skeates.

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Whereas Skeates is now capable of practice outside, he says not everybody desires to do this.

The gymnasium isn’t allowed to open till Step three, which is now set to take impact on the finish of July — 42 days away.

“Each time we shut down a minimum of 50 per cent simply go on pause indefinitely,” mentioned Skeates.

The province has begun Step 1 of reopening just a few days forward of schedule. Premier Doug Ford mentioned final week that the federal government was taking a “cautious strategy” to reopening “primarily based on the numbers coming down.” The province says well being system indicators shall be reviewed on the finish of every step earlier than transferring forward with additional reopening.

As different companies welcome again their clients, Lewis shall be counting down the times till he can get again to chopping hair at his store in Pickering.

“It’s relieving, however they’ve mentioned it earlier than and it hasn’t occurred. So we’re simply ready and hoping and we’ve our fingers crossed and we simply have to get again to work,” mentioned Lewis.

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