Impacts on tourism from COVID-19 and the start of recovery in Waterloo Region

Picture of the front of the Waterloo Region museum. Greenery and grass at the bottom and blue sky above, the multicoloured wall panels with the word
Many venues such as museums have been unable to welcome visitors due to the pandemic. As regulations soften, some, such as the Waterloo Regional museum will be able to open their doors again. Photo courtesy of Wikicommons.
Dan Kellar - CKMS - KitchenerON | 18-07-2021

Host: Namish Modi

Explore Waterloo Region CEO Minto Schneider talks about how hard the tourism sector has been affected throughout the past 17 months and the COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with CKMS. 

Several hospitality and tourism places, like museums and theme parks, haven’t been fully open for two summers now. Schneider discusses the importance of Step 3 in Ontario, which begins on July 16, and discusses how important health and safety protocols continue to be. 

Schneider doesn’t have an estimate on financial losses over the last year due to COVID-19, but imagines it is very high. 

Many businesses were initially upset about Waterloo Region being held in step two of Ontario’s reopening, but later understood the reasoning: the area was held back in the province’s reopening because of a number of Delta variant virus cases in the area. 


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