Canada - The lost summer: Tourism operators confront whether it's worth reopening at all
Some businesses choosing between drastic changes or taking a financial hit
As Newfoundland and Labrador progresses slowly through a phased reopening plan, the owner of the Fishers' Loft inn in Port Rexton faced a dilemma: open and offer guests a lesser experience under the pandemic's public health restrictions, or close and take a financial hit.
After meeting with his employees, John Fisher chose the latter.
"We've talked it over with the staff, and our general view is that we are simply not going to operate this year," Fisher told The St. John's Morning Show on Tuesday.
To follow public health orders, Fisher said, the business would have to drastically change. The inn would have to remove staple items like binoculars, hiking sticks and other touchpoints.