Some pubs and restaurants wary of reopening, even with two-week lag for Calgary

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“The added costs are things they have to consider and whether or not the profits or revenue that they would stand to gain is going to be offset by the PPE requirements or new post-COVID requirements,” she said.

The outdoor patio tables at the Ship and Anchor pub on 17th Avenue S.W. in Calgary await potential customers on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Gavin Young/Postmedia

Andrew Brassard, co-owner of Broken City on 11th Avenue S.W., said “more than one day’s notice” from the government “would have been nice.”

“It’s hard when we handle money, (to) procure all the personal protective equipment we need that it’s another two weeks and now we have to sit on that,” he said.

The bar is still working out the logistics of what its new reality will look like when operating at half capacity, including the need for an employee to monitor the number of guests inside.

He said Broken City will also need an attendant to ensure each washroom remains clean.

“It’s so difficult. The washrooms really concern me,” said Brassard. “People need to use the washroom and use it quite frequently when they’re drinking.”

He said the bar is taking a “cautious” approach.

“We want to do what’s safest for everybody,” he said.

“I think there’s a lot of people biting at the chomp to get back open, and there’s a lot of people who are not sure.”
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