COVID-19: traders resigned to get through the crisis

COVID-19: Des commerçants résignés à traverser la crise

The few merchants and entrepreneurs who were still working Tuesday afternoon preparing quietly to put their business “on hold”, hoping that the nightmare would end quickly.

Among its new measures announced Monday, the prime minister has ordered the closure of all shops non-essential, for a duration of three weeks.

The afternoon was a little merry, to Floralies Jouvence in Quebec city.

“We are semi-essential. In theory, we could stay open, but logically, we chose to close. We will have an employee who will come daily to water and care for the plants, otherwise we would have too many losses,” explains the head of the trade, Philippe Belzile.

The last hours of operation have served to prepare as much as possible the re-opening, expected in mid-April, as the company will be in its busiest time.

“We try to be ready for the spring, as we will not advance much before resume”, ends Mr. Belzile.

Confined and without kitchen

The co-owner of Kocïna – Space Design Émilie Roberge came to retrieve all the records of its clients who have a project in progress, at the exhibition hall of the street of the Church.

“I had spent the end of last week to organize a system of virtual meetings with my customers,” says dr. Roberge.

Of course, his plan B does more, with the new measure. She intends to make the maximum possible distance.

“We have customers who had to install the kitchens and there, they are taken without cooking, in containment. If there is a time when you want your kitchen, it is well in this moment,” laments she.

However, it also indicates that customers are very understanding, given the context.

The business of surveying Ecce Terra, at Sainte-Marie in the Beauce region, has left about a dozen employees from as early as Monday.

“This is not a new pleasing to announce, but these are government guidelines, we do not have the choice to follow”, says Francois Lehouillier, director of the branch.

A dozen employees will be required to make an application for unemployment, grieves-t-it. He would have preferred to put in place a system of working at a distance, but that the organization was too complicated and with too little time.

“It is difficult to put a production unit in telework, so we will go with the family, with a shut down,” continues Mr. Lehouillier.

Ecce Terra has several branches, with a total of 80 employees. Most will return to the house.

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