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'It's critical': Shuttered fitness studios move online to stay afloat in era of COVID-19

Wave of digital workout options flood the market in wake of COVID-19 closures


Jacqueline Hansen · CBC News
Posted: Apr 05, 2020 4:00 AM ET

Canada's fitness industry is undergoing a major technological shift due to COVID-19, as owners of gyms and fitness studios jump into the digital world with both feet, hoping for a new way to keep money coming in while clients can't.

There are some obvious hurdles to moving their operations from real to virtual, from the right setting, technology and know-how to the fact that Canadians may not have much income to spend right now. Still, some studio owners feel like they don't have any choice but to innovate — and quickly.

 
Nearly two-thirds of Toronto small businesses say they may have to close over next three months: survey

Published Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:27AM EDT

TORONTO -- A survey of hundreds of small businesses across the city has found that nearly two-thirds of them may have to close down for good within three months as they struggle to keep up with rent and other bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey, which was developed by the Broadview-Danforth Business Improvement Area (BIA), involved 561 small businesses. and 137 landlords.

It found that 17 per cent of businesses believe that they can only last for another month given their “current/expected revenue” while 21 per cent said that they could make it another two months and 23 per cent said that they could last for three months. Only about nine per cent of businesses said that they would survive regardless of how long orders forcing their closure remained in effect.

 
Hasty Market opening up at Yonge & Gloucester where Brownstone used to be.

Yonge is losing so much of its class recently. So many classy little shops are being tossed side for fast food, pay day loans and convenience.

Not too concerned about the little tattoo shops, head shops and cheap phone stores but the older well established places are going to be missed. A few years ago the Roberts Gallery left Yonge Street which really was a highlight for me. I feel like Yonge is cheapening.
 

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