By Sheila Phibbs
The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—As the province continues to reopen, there is no question of the impact COVID-19 has had on local businesses. Safety protocols, physical distancing, and practices such as curbside pick-up have become the norm with most restaurants, shops, and businesses operating at some capacity. For legions and community halls, however, the wait to open doors to the public continues and the road to recovery appears even longer.
The Haldimand Press reached out to local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) as well as some community halls to get a sense of how they have fared through the pandemic.
For many of these facilities, the extended closures have meant significant loss of revenue while the organizations that look after them continue to be responsible for the ongoing costs of utilities and routine maintenance.
The Caledonia Legion, RCL Br. 154, has been fortunate to have funds available to cover the cost of utilities and, according to branch President Dennis Zebiere, “We should be good for a few more months.”