In Parliament Hill’s neighbourhood, businesses still feeling the pandemic pinch
From the first COVID-19 shutdowns, to people working from home, to 'hopefully being at the tail end' of the pandemic, there is still 'a lot of transition going on' in downtown Ottawa, says Liberal MP Yasir Naqvi.
Rose Tran, owner of Red Pepper Thai-Viet II on Queen Street, says the restaurant hasn’t seen a full house since before the pandemic. At lunchtime, even with the return of public servants to the workplace two to three days a week, there’s a 'maximum of 20 people, if you’re lucky,' she said. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade