tasman1 wrote: Nikorj same question for you
If you are let say small business owner let say coffee owner
You can take 100 people and you must have minimum 70% full to just survive will you open it if you can have now only 25 in ?
Same for any business , can you operate jumbo airplane for 500 people but now you can take only 100?
This is a great point Tasman1 - That's way recently they released statistics about the % of business that will shut down permanently. Some business owners will shut down and some will just re-invent themselves or change industry altogether. Unfortunately not every business owner has the resources. Luckily many restaurants here manage to survive because they have their regular customers and they do take-out and delivery - and receiving SOME help from government, but other industries are struggling like airlines and cinemas - If you have a business that REQUIRES 70% to remain in business and you are allowed only 25%, you can't stay in business for long, but it will depend on many factor, and can be different to each business - it depends on how much money the business owner has, how long can they sustain losses, how much outside help can they get, etc. this is why ANY good business should always set aside a provision for exceptional circumstances - BUT who is ever ready for a pandemic lasting 1+ years. Rules are rules, businesses have to comply, ........... Some business can invest more money to adapt their area to restrictions (plexiglass, more space between tables, etc.) One thing for sure, we will all be living a new "normal", nothing will be completely back to normal, even if the number of cases go DOWN and vaccine works, community spread will still be there, companies will have to adapt to a new reality and new way of working to avoid surge in cases - it's likely people have to adapt to this new normalcy for the years to come.
In Canada it was said that 20% of small and medium sized businesses will shut down permanently, that's A LOT of jobs ! Some businesses will compensate for the losses by increasing their rates, it's already happening, some businesses are adding "COVID fees" for example, go to the dentist, pay $30 COVID fees, go to a restaurant, pay COVID fees, even if you go take a piss you will be charged COVID fees
As to a coffee shop, well, be creative, if you can only have 25% instead of 70%, you could still survive........the other 45% of your customers don't have to drink that coffee inside your establishment, they can order to go........this business model is more popular and it works, because people are fed the F up staying home all the time, so people want to go out, and they would get out anyway right ? but instead of sitting down inside your shop, they will order to go, so for most business in that industry it should not make a difference - the only thing is that the owner is paying rent for unused space, and paying $$$$ to adapt the area to covid19 restrictions. So at 25% your coffee shop should still be able to survive, it all comes down to proper management - restaurants and shops who have restrictions, concern only occupancy inside, but nothing prevents any shop from serving customers through the counter and drive-through, there is no limit to that. That's how all the coffee shops and restaurants are surviving here, customers are still ordering food, people are still eating during this pandemic.................... NOT ALL restaurants will survive, the high tier ones, which do not offer take out / delivery might struggle - also keep in mind that during pandemic people tend to spend less money - usually fast food and small items like coffee, pastries, etc don't suffer much - it is the refined restaurants where you leave with a $120 bill and an almost empty stomach