September 9, 2020
Winnipeg,MB – The Manitoba Restaurant & Foodservices Association (MRFA) released industry survey results that show Provincial assistance programs created to assist Manitoba businesses have not been beneficial to the viability of the restaurant industry.
A recent survey conducted by the MRFA yielded less than positive results from its restaurant industry members on their feedback of the provincially created Covid-19 assistance programs. 75.6% of the restaurants surveyed responded that they did not find the provincially created assistance programs helpful or did not qualify for assistance. Restaurants surveyed found the provincial support program unhelpful in keeping their operations profitable, with an average cost per restaurant of $7400.00 in additional costs in PPE requirements. A disappointing 69% of businesses surveyed responded “no” when asked if they felt the provincial government have done enough to help Manitoba businesses cope with Covid-19 challenges.
“With many restaurants facing very uncertain times ahead, we are very disappointed in these provincial programs and the lack of participation they inspired within our industry. As we move into winter with restrictions for in-house dining and the end of our patio season, our industry is going to continue to struggle,” says Shaun Jeffrey, Executive Director of the MRFA. Restaurants have no limits on capacity, but many cannot achieve 100% capacity with the current social distancing restrictions in place.
THIS MEDIA RELEASE WAS PICKED UP AND USED IN AN ARTICLE BY THE WINNIPEG SUN: https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/government-failing-to-deliver-help-to-restaurants-poll