How the Coronavirus Affects a Business That is Open for Customers

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Vanessa Marion
Website Editor

As I’m sure everyone is aware, on the 22nd of March, the government of Québec ordered all non-essential workplaces to close. However, there are still many businesses that continue to stay open. The most applicable ones are:

  • Health and social services
  • Pharmacies, dentists and optometry (emergency)
  • 811 and 911 call center workers
  • Veterinarians and animal shelters
  • Police services, fire services, correctional services, special constables, security agencies
  • Courthouse staff (minimum operations)
  • Educators and support staff (emergency)
  • Online education
  • Waste collection
  • Suicide prevention centers (the number to call in Canada is: 1-833-456-4566)
  • Assistance services for victims of domestic violence
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware services
  • Convenience stores
  • Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ)
  • Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC)
  • Restaurants (take out or delivery counters only)
  • Hotels (narrowing it down to only quarantines)
  • Cleaners and laundromats
  • Medical and orthopedic trade
  • Pet food stores and supplies
  • Movers
  • Construction firms (emergency)
  • Electricians and plumbers and other trades (emergency)

These are the businesses that are most applicable to the general population. To see the full list visit or Canadian Press.

Small businesses are likely going to struggle during this pandemic, so it is especially encouraged to buy locally if you need something, to help those businesses in some way. Even if it is only buying a gift card from a local business you love, that might be enough to help keep them steady until they start to get more customers when the quarantine eventually lifts. Instead of heading to Walmart, spend a few extra dollars on your groceries and go to Marché Richelieu if you must.

Overall, stay safe, sanitary, and don’t leave the house unless ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!

Originally Published on Vol.49 Issue 12 on April 1st, 2020