Monday, 5 Jun 2023

Coronavirus: Businesses struggle amidst social-distancing order in Atlantic Canada

Many companies in Atlantic Canada are heeding the call from their respective government to keeps customers out of their stores.

But it hasn’t been uniform — or easy — situation for business owners.

Employees at the EB Games store in the Halifax Shopping Centre shut the store down after a long line formed for a pair of newly-released games — Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal.

But customers of the EB Games Store in Fredericton were able to pick up online purchases Friday, with the store opening their metallic gates for every customer.

Both managers declined an interview with Global News, but it illustrates a contrast between what is supposed to be a state of emergency in New Brunswick and a more limited response in Nova Scotia.

In New Brunswick, all retail outlets except grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, NB Liquor, Cannabis NB, hardware stores and vehicle garages are expected to close as part of the order.

Restaurants have been restricted to takeout service and businesses must go on.

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