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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.

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."

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.

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.

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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