Chinese restaurants in Vancouver say business is way down because of coronavirus
Chinese businesses in Vancouver are reporting a 70 per cent business loss as a result of coronavirus fears.
On Monday, Health Minister Patty Hajdu met with Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart and stakeholders in the Vancouver-Chinese community to address the issue.
Thanks to the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver for the opportunity to meet with members of the Chinese community and hear their concerns around #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/29BzQOObJn— Patty Hajdu (@PattyHajdu) February 17, 2020
Mayor Stewart said that many Chinese businesses are suffering as a result of unfounded coronavirus fears.
He told reporters,"We’ve heard some restaurants that are losing 50, 60, 70 per cent of business which is very, very concerning to us, because most of it is based on misinformation."
Had an important discussion today with leaders from #Vancouver’s Chinese community along with Ministers @PattyHajdu and @adriandix about the stigma of COVID-19. Let’s ensure we don’t spread fear and misinformation. Check out: https://t.co/P7hvmChTYW #cdnpoli #vanpoli pic.twitter.com/muGF4VRNCG— Kennedy Stewart (@kennedystewart) February 17, 2020
Alex Wang, who runs the Peninsula Seafood Restaurant, is one of the many entrepreneurs that has seen his business drop more than 70 per cent.
"For my cash flow, I don’t think I can survive longer than three months," he said.
“I don’t think I can survive longer” Alex Wang is the director of the peninsula restaurant near Oakridge. He says staff have had to get some shifts cut down to make ends meet. A usual lunch shift could see 300 customers - now he sees about 60. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/wOJviGtTVA— Tarnjit Parmar (@Tarnjitkparmar) February 17, 2020
And it isn't just business owners that are suffering — members of the Vancouver-Chinese community have also been the target of racism due to coronavirus fears.
An Instagram video capturing a racist incident in Burnaby went viral last month, amassing over 25,000 views.
A Vancouver lawyer's Tweet about a racist incident similarly gained traction on social media.
Anyone who thinks anti-Chinese racism is not high after #coronavirus explain to me another reason why I - last name Lee - flying from Vancouver, was asked 85 billion times about whether I’d been to mainland China recently and selected by the airline for “addditional screening.”— Kyla Lee (@IRPlawyer) February 17, 2020
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter to remind Canadians that racist language toward the Chinese community is unacceptable — regardless of the circumstances.
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