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    is that only for Canada to USA?
    What about to Aruba or Europe?
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Good evening everyone,

    It was announced today that the Canada-US border will remain closed for another 30 days. It was to re-open on June 21, but that re-opening date has now been pushed back to July 21, 2020.

    No editorializing from me on this. It is what it is.


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    Last week restaurants began to offer outside dining. Creative types have found ways to add outdoor space they didn’t have and the city is simplifying the permit process. Even our favorite local spot has decided to open up their deck. We have been talking about venturing out for lunch and I have been looking at the options on line. One restaurant that has a beautiful deck and has just opened back up has some additional restrictions. Reservations available only for parties of 5 or more. Smaller parties take their chance with walk in. Tables with less than 5 are restricted to 1 1/2 hours and tables with 5 or more can stay 2 hours. Additionally, there is a $5 per person COVID fee. My feeling is they would have been better off just upping their prices. We have eliminated this spot from our options.

    Our local spot has not called back our favorite bartender yet. I assumed she would be back getting drinks for the other servers and maybe taking a table or 2 on the deck but nope. So, right now I think we’ll stick with cooking at home and eating out on our deck.

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    Hi Andrea and everybody else,

    Below is the link to the Global Affairs Canada (Government of Canada) web-site featuring the latest COVID-19 related information as it relates to travel between Canada and the rest of the world.

    Essentially, non-essential travel outside of Canada is not recommended though not completely barred. Daily flights from Toronto to London, Beijing, Mexico City, Tokyo and other points can be seen on the Toronto airport info site.

    As far as travel between Canada and the US is concerned, it appears that while the border remains closed until July 21, 2020 to non-essential travel, officials seem much more concerned with the land crossings than airport points of entry.

    Our larger airports like Toronto and Montreal still have flights to/from US points like Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Charlotte. Even here in Winnipeg, we have daily flights to Minneapolis on Delta.


    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-heal...th-advice.html

    I hope this helps and provides some perspective.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    is that only for Canada to USA?
    What about to Aruba or Europe?
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    I agree the fee stinks....if they added $1 to each drink and $1.50 to each entree or app....NOBODY would complain and they would have more than recovered their "fee" without upsetting their returning customers.



    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Last week restaurants began to offer outside dining. Creative types have found ways to add outdoor space they didn’t have and the city is simplifying the permit process. Even our favorite local spot has decided to open up their deck. We have been talking about venturing out for lunch and I have been looking at the options on line. One restaurant that has a beautiful deck and has just opened back up has some additional restrictions. Reservations available only for parties of 5 or more. Smaller parties take their chance with walk in. Tables with less than 5 are restricted to 1 1/2 hours and tables with 5 or more can stay 2 hours. Additionally, there is a $5 per person COVID fee. My feeling is they would have been better off just upping their prices. We have eliminated this spot from our options.

    Our local spot has not called back our favorite bartender yet. I assumed she would be back getting drinks for the other servers and maybe taking a table or 2 on the deck but nope. So, right now I think we’ll stick with cooking at home and eating out on our deck.

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    Our friend is a barber and they are also charging a $5 covid fee to recoup some of the cost of the extra cleaning supplies and I'm sure to make up some of the money lost during the closure. They are a small family owned business, and decided rather than permanently raise prices, they would do a little fee for a little while until they get back on track, so maybe some of the restaurants are doing the same. And the thing is even places like his and even restaurants that are very well kept are still spending more on cleaning supplies due to more stringent requirements.
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    I would feel better about paying $3-5 forever- than feeling someone was charging me to be "clean" JMO.

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Our friend is a barber and they are also charging a $5 covid fee to recoup some of the cost of the extra cleaning supplies and I'm sure to make up some of the money lost during the closure. They are a small family owned business, and decided rather than permanently raise prices, they would do a little fee for a little while until they get back on track, so maybe some of the restaurants are doing the same. And the thing is even places like his and even restaurants that are very well kept are still spending more on cleaning supplies due to more stringent requirements.

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    we have a breakfast spot that we frequent normally once or twice a week.
    PRE COVID
    we each get coffee which is included with our breakfast meal
    I get 1 egg poached and corned beef hash and rye toast........$5.99
    Paul gets the same but gets 1 egg over easy.........................$5.99
    with the tax it comes to about $13.10

    Post Covid (we went this morning)
    Never even looked at the menu
    we ordered the usual except they had no rye bread so we had white toast.
    with tax it came to $24.46

    we never looked at the bill, left the usual $18 on the table with the check which included an almost $5 tip for a $12 meal (or so we thought)
    the waitress came after us as we were getting in the car to explain we had cheated her.
    we were embarrassed as she explained.
    Paul went back in to pay and I was sitting there stunned.
    The increase was "covid related" . I cannot type what Paul and I said to each other.

    We will not be going back. I am sorry that Covid disrupted many. I get it.
    But ya know, a 90+% increase is ridiculous.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    I would feel better about paying $3-5 forever- than feeling someone was charging me to be "clean" JMO.
    You're right! They didn't word it that way, they just said increased costs associated with covid 19. I'm assuming things like cleaning supplies because I saw a video of the process between each customer. Plus they lost money towards rent and having to hiring a receptionist since they are now required to take appointments and call people in their cars when they are allowed to come in. Lots of restrictions were put in place for them. Jon is still doing at home haircuts for now because it's quite the process to go in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Jon is still doing at home haircuts for now because it's quite the process to go in.
    Me too.... I've always kept it really short.... but now it's buzzed once a week by feel! I don't have to tip myself either!
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    Paul won't buzz his own.
    I think that he should......he sits outside on the patio and I do the buzzing.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Me too.... I've always kept it really short.... but now it's buzzed once a week by feel! I don't have to tip myself either!


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