Today marks one year since all businesses had to close for the first time. It was St. Patrick's Day last year and we were all reeling with the news - every restaurant, retailer, gym, school, personal service, all professional sports games, music venues - everything was completely locked down. I remember that we thought okay this will probably only last for 2 weeks, maybe 3. Well 52 weeks later you, our BIA members, have shown such grit, resilience, creativity and fight during a time filled with stress, fear and uncertainty. You've participated in all of our city-wide surveys on various government funding programs, you've done media interviews, you've fought to reopen, you've learned how to sell on-line, you've started take-out and delivery options, you've held virtual classes, you've written to all levels of government when we needed to push, and some of you opened your business during all of this - it has been 52 weeks like no other.
Our social media manager, Eszter, has created a short video to mark this day - it's posted on our various platforms and appended to this message. We couldn't include everything but it certainly shows the wonderful spirit that is the heart of our Broadview Danforth BIA and all of you.
Let's hope that this time next year we can all gather together and properly celebrate St. Patrick's Day!