When COVID-19 hit Winnipeg in March 2020, nearly everyone was taken by surprise.
Still, no one was overly concerned at the time. The assumption was that the coronavirus would wreak havoc for a month or two, and then gradually fade away. Business and life would eventually resume, and the pesky virus would become a distant memory.
How wrong we were. As it turned out, the virus hung around much longer than expected and proved to be much more infectious and deadly than first anticipated. Public health orders were imposed by the province to limit the spread of the virus, forcing people to stay home and businesses to close.
Among the businesses hit hardest by the closures were local restaurants, who depend on a steady stream of loyal customers to support their business.