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CAN (ON): Garden centres frustrated by measures that only allow partial reopening

One of the few industries granted permission to ease coronavirus-related restrictions in Ontario voiced frustration on Monday, saying unclear rules around the operation of garden centres do little to offer economic relief. The Ontario government’s first tentative steps toward reopening the economy involved releasing a short list of largely seasonal businesses cleared to resume operations. While landscaping and lawn maintenance companies got the green light to offer full service, garden centres were cleared only to offer curbside pickup or delivery. Read more at Global News.

Peter Grobe, who owns Grobe’s Nursery on Highway 7 between Guelph and Kitchener, told Guelph Today he feels his business will not last much longer. “We were told back in March we could plant crops. We sell vegetable crops, we sell fruit trees, we sell fruit bushes, you name it. If it grows outside, we got it,” said Grobe. He said by the end of the week, he will have thrown all his plants in the garbage.

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