Anti-vaccination rage misplaced at native companies, says Winnipeg restaurant proprietor – Winnipeg

A Winnipeg restaurateur says he’s frustrated with the anger he hears from would-be customers banned from dining due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Tony Siwicki, owner of the Silver Heights restaurant and chairman of the board of directors of the Manitoba Restaurant Association, told 680 CJOB that he had received between 200 and 300 calls from customers expressing their concerns – and in many cases just verbal abuse.

Their anger, he said, is misplaced as restaurant owners across the province are only following public health orders with no choice but to follow vaccination regulations.

“(The calls) are 95 percent negative. They give names, make racist comments, make reservations and then cancel … just because we follow the rules imposed on us by health regulations, ”he said.

“At the end of the day, you have 15 year old hosts who answer the phone and get yelled at and yelled at.

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“These are restrictions that have been placed on us, and for the past two years we have been continually placed on restrictions that we must obey.”

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Siwicki said most people in the industry would be faced with a choice of obeying restrictions or potentially having the restaurant closed, and would choose the former and accept restrictions, even if it isn’t ideal.

Due to his role with the restaurant association, Siwicki said he has also received criticism from people who believe he has personally influenced other restaurants to support the province’s COVID-19 actions – something he calls a misunderstanding.

“We don’t want restrictions … but if we don’t adhere to them we can be fined or closed, so we have to do it. It’s not our choice, ”he said.

“(People who are critical of the measures) pick on local businesses, and I’m not alone.

“With the Google reviews now – and that’s something big – they go there and put a star and a whole thing about how we discriminate against everyone. That’s not the case.”


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Winnipeg restaurants aren’t the only ones to face this type of criticism. Owners in British Columbia and Ontario recently went public with complaints of unfair criticism. A bar owner in Toronto has even called on her provincial government to help with ongoing protests.

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Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, told Global News Monday that many Canadian companies are unfairly on their own in such protests.

“Governments can’t leave companies hanging around like a pinata that people can shoot at,” Beatty said.

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