Premier Doug Ford faces a business backlash
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Lockdowns in Toronto and Peel Region took effect Monday.
Ford expressed sympathy for small business owners, acknowledging that it’s unfair that large retailers like Walmart and Costco can remain open selling their full inventories while mom-and-pop shops are limited to curbside pickup and delivery.
Ford has so far resisted calls to force the larger retailers to sell only essentials like food, pharmaceuticals and hardware.
“I’ll be very frank, it’s not fair, a lot of these things aren’t fair,” Ford said. “But how do you square that, do you shut down every single second aisle at a Walmart or a Costco? It’s just not realistic.”
As a business owner, he hates closing down businesses, he said.
Kelly argued that shutting down thousands of little stores, while funneling all customers through a few big chains, isn’t a smart strategy for preventing COVID-19.
Allowing a few customers at a time into a wide number of stores seems like a more common-sense approach, he said.