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N.L. tourism operators feel alert relief as the end of COVID limitations draw closer

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • ‘There was a sense of positiveness, but also it came as a shock,’ states chair of Hospitality N.L.
  • Brenda O’Reilly is the head of the board of directors with Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador.

The ending of covid limitations are near in NL: 

Tourism and hospitality business owners are looking forward to what may be the dawn at the end of the pandemic underpass as two years of public health limitations start to raise.

Newfoundland and Labrador are crawling toward altogether declining COVID-19 measures by mid-March, following the lead of other regions across Canada — despite new illnesses and demises linked to the virus continuing to add up. 

The report came less than a week ago when Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald stated the region’s high vaccination rates, availability of therapeutic drugs, and less severe stress of the virus piled up to begin her judgment: to slowly wind down pandemic orders each Monday leading up to the March 14 end date. 

The tourism and hospitality enterprise has poorly been hit over the previous two years under the shadow of the international pandemic—travel limitations to N.L. held mainland and international travelers especially at bay in the early going, cutting earnings streams to razor-thin margins for operators who desperately attempted to survive the storm. 

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The tourism operators of NL are optimistic as the covid restrictions in the region start to ease

Now, several business owners are feeling relief. 

“There was a feeling of positiveness, but also it came as a shock,” stated Brenda O’Reilly, chair of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador. This non-profit association represents tourism and hospitality operators throughout the region.

“I do know that there’s a lot of operators right now receiving calls… Presently there was a reaction.”

Bookings beginning

Among those already witnessing an expanded interest in their businesses are Cindy Whelan-Purtill and John Purtill, owners of the Georgestown Inn in St. John’s.

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