Coronavirus pandemic leaves Churchill’s tourism sector ‘vulnerable’: mayor

Churchill is faring pretty well amid the coronavirus pandemic, but there are concerns for the community’s tourism sector, according to the mayor.

“We’re a tourism destination, so there’s no doubt there’s going to be a real impact on our community and Manitoba’s economy,” Michael Spence said Wednesday.

“Our sector is vulnerable and we’re concerned about the upcoming beluga season and also the bear season.”

Spence says the town is having ongoing discussions with partners in the industry and the government, and expects to see government support programs for the sector soon.

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Despite concerns for the local economy, Spence says the province’s decision to restrict travel north of the 53rd parallel was a necessary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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