Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is calling for more transparency from the province when it makes COVID-19 decisions that affect the livelihood of businesses.
The chamber was reacting Monday to the announcement on Friday that bars and restaurants would have to move up last call and close by midnight, except for takeout and delivery.
It said change came as a surprise to the industry and was put into effect just hours after the announcement.
“It wasn’t anticipated by that sector. That’s really where the difficulty runs,” said Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer Mishka Balsom.
“Businesses in specific sectors, especially the restaurant industry, are under significant pressure that is there and when there’s no clarity that this is to be expected, anticipated or that this was coming forward, it was quite a level of surprise from businesses.”