This is how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting businesses in Chinatown


Hey Toronto! I’m Priscilla and I’m here in the heart of Chinatown Toronto at House of Gourmet, which is a popular restaurant in the neighbourhood. I’ve been coming here for years but I’m curious as
to how coronavirus news has impacted Toronto restaurants like this one. Anna: This restaurant has been here over 25 years. It’s very famous in downtown Chinatown
and Toronto. A lot of people come here Chinatown and just come to visit us. We have a crunchy noodles, some barbecue. A lot of people know about the wonton noodle soup. The coronaviruses has really, really affected our business a lot. [For] almost a month, our business went down almost a 50%. It’s a very sad time because we’ve never [seen it] slow like this. Very, very, very serious situation for us right now Priscilla: Now as for dining customers, this restaurant sees an influx from day-to-day, but they
still receive a ton of phone calls. Anna: We did get some calls from our own customers.
Most asked if we are still open. We say, “Yes! We [are].” We’re still over every day.
They ask us if we’re open and we say “Yeah, why not?” You know, it’s not a bad situation here [compared to] North York or maybe Richmond Hill. In downtown Toronto, here is still safe ,I would say. Priscilla: The coronavirus hasn’t disrupted the routine for some House of Gourmet regulars, like this man who
preferred to remain anonymous when we asked him about it. I usually come here about three-to-four times a week.
I usually just come here, eat a small portion of it and the rest is for supper. I know that I’m over 60, okay? And I know the impact is greater for people over 60 and
I’m one of them. So I do avoid a crowd. I think that’s probably the
only thing I do, but I don’t feel that uncomfortable because there’s still no community spread in Canada at this time. Priscilla: According to the World Health
Organization, right now there are almost 90,000 confirmed cases in over 60
countries. Canada has just over 20 of those cases, of which half are in the GTA.

8 thoughts on “This is how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting businesses in Chinatown

  1. Theresa Tam, Canadaโ€™s Chief Public Health Officer, said that some provinces, particularly B.C. and Ontario, are starting to test a wider sample of the population to detect possible community spread of the virus, including those who go to the hospital with flu-like symptoms even if they havenโ€™t travelled outside of Canada recently. Starting.

  2. Coronavirus coming from bats and pigs… I doubt I'll be going to any Chinese or Iranian restuarants any time soon … that does not make me racist just cautious

  3. So nobody is concerned about the plane passengers from Iran being interviewed and saying there was zero health or security checks done after arriving on Canada?

  4. THE CHEF MAKING DUMPLINGS WITH HIS HANDS, NO GLOVES. EVEN WITHOUT CORONA VIRUS. FOOD SHOULD NOT BE HANDLE THAT WAY. HOPE HE WASH HIS HANDS WHEN HE GO TO THE TOILET

  5. Iโ€™m stupefied to see that you are more concerned with getting people to spend money on food in Chinatown than concern for their well being. That says a lot. SMDH.

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