Bruce County tourism operators struggling

Bruce County has learned that the COVID-19 Pandemic that hit mid-March continues to significantly impact businesses, especially the tourism industry.

County staff have been assessing the impact on a monthly basis with business and visitor surveys.

A survey conducted over the month of September showed that 12 per cent of re-contacted businesses were affected by COVID-19 and do not seem to have recovered.

Specialty food stores, accommodations, recreation, entertainment, and cultural institutions were either slow to re-open or were closed most of the months.

In general, restaurants, bars, and retail businesses were more likely to have remained open from April to September or closed only in in the early spring.

Staff and operators will use the information to help build potential actions to support the tourism industry in Bruce County and its move back into a growth position post-pandemic.