Businesses 'frustrated' by latest order

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Ontario is back into lockdown.

The Ford government announced Wednesday the province will move into a month-long stay-at-home order along with a provincial state of emergency for four weeks.

It’s the same move the province enforced in early January, on the heels of a province-wide lockdown that went into effect Dec. 26.

The lockdown means businesses will be forced to shut their doors once again except for curbside pickup. Big box retailers will be able to sell food and pharmacy items, however all other aisles will be roped off.

Garden centres will remain open.

Todd Gledhill, owner-operator of Waxman Records, said the news was “frustrating and disheartening.

“Kinda feels like (Premier Doug) Ford Nation is having us do the ‘Cha Cha Slide,’” he told The Nugget.

“I have a loyal following that has really showed up for me through all of this, and a lot of support from the locals too, which I am tremendously grateful for.”

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Gledhill said last spring when everything went under lockdown, it was a slight pivot, but a lot of adapting and overall just striving daily to serve his customers as efficiently as possible.

“I try to look at the silver lining as best I can, and one positive thing that came out of all this, is/was I’m able to build (a) stronger relationship with my customers and now Waxman Records feels more like a community than just a business,” he said.

“Overall, business hasn’t been amazing this past year, but I’m still standing and I will continue to adapt and grind to see this thing through. When customers are able to come in, it’s nice to see familiar faces and I definitely see a little boost in sales. Curbside works fairly well with the formula I’ve devised, and I offer mail order and local delivery too.”

Gledhill said all this work and no play has definitely been taxing.

“I’m looking forward to having a social life again, travelling and not having to live day by day wondering what the next big surprise is gonna be.”

Terry Peacock, co-owner of North Bay Games and Hobbies, said it sucks for small business, but is obviously beyond their control.

“Would have preferred maybe allowing customers by appointment, especially in our area where cases are lower. Just have to persevere and hope this is the last time we go into lockdown,” he said.

Peacock said he started North Bay Games and Hobbies about 32 years ago.

He confirmed the business will be open for curbside.

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