Edmonton's Chinatown struggling amid COVID-19 pandemic

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“Once the (news) hits and it says Chinatown seniors’ home, then people automatically think it’s the whole Chinatown,” he said. “It’s just the way people think. (They think) Chinatown is infected with COVID then people just stay away from the area.”

Ly said many other businesses have been struggling as well and described the area as being a ghost town.

A walker wearing a COVID-19 face mask passes the closed Creative Gifts & Etc. store on 97 Street near 106 Avenue in Edmonton on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. The global pandemic has hit businesses hard in Edmonton's Chinatown. Photo by Ian Kucerak
A walker wearing a COVID-19 face mask passes the closed Creative Gifts & Etc. store on 97 Street near 106 Avenue in Edmonton on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

Adam Richmond, a manager at Padmanadi, said business, particularly in-person dining, has taken a major hit since the pandemic started. While delivery and takeout has been fairly steady, he said the downtown location often has lots of room available for those looking to dine in.

Richmond said he didn’t believe Chinatown has been singled out in any way as all businesses across the city are struggling to get customers.

“I think if you look around the city, in virtually all corners, people just aren’t out and about,” he said. “Even driving down the road, there’s not a crazy amount of traffic. You’ve got quite a few people who have transitioned to working from home. So anything to do with the downtown core is just quieter because people aren’t travelling in for work.”



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December 5, 2020 |

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