As the number of COVID-19 cases increase, life as we know it has changed.
While no one has a crystal ball to predict the lasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic, different industries are bracing for a new normal which includes many workers doing their jobs from home.
Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland (L), Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, and Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos (R), attends a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 11, 2020. Blair Gable/REUTERS
The Public Health Agency of Canada posted guidelines aimed at helping event planners figure out whether to cancel mass gatherings of people.
It urges organizers to assess risk, like the ages of the attendees, given the virus hits older populations hardest, and whether they are likely to be arriving from COVID-19 hard-hit regions.
Events which attract crowds, such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade and Raptors and Leafs games, have been cancelled.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, has recommended immediately suspending large events and public gatherings of over 250 people.
A woman wearing a face mask amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walks past a poster for the new James Bond movie No Time to Die in Bangkok on Feb. 28, 2020. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)
Cineplex said it can’t publicize financial or attendance numbers, but has training protocols for “pandemic preparedness,” said company spokesman Sarah Van Lange.
The new James Bond movie, No Time to Die,  postponed its premiere.
In China, 70,000 movie theatres have been closed since January and its box office dropped by nearly $2 billion in the first two months, according to Business Insider. Mirvish Productions is suspending performances until at least April 12.
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Pearl Jam has already bailed on its stop in Toronto on March 18 over COVID-19 concerns. Ditto for Junos. Live Nation is pausing all arena tours.
No word from Ticketmaster about whether sales have plummeted in wake of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Stubhub guarantees customers a full refund if an event is ancelled or the option of a coupon, valued at 120% of the original purchase.
A Foodora delivery cyclist on a street in Toronto, Feb. 7, 2018. [Photo Peter J Thompson] [For Financial Post by TBA/Financial Post]
Restaurants Canada’s James Rilett said their 30,000 members are expecting a downturn and are looking at things like spacing people more widely in establishments.
Second Cup stopped accepting cash.
Meanwhile, Uber has reminded “Uber Eats users that they can request deliveries be left on their doorsteps,” said a spokesman. That may be useful to folks in self-isolation.
Toronto Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly (centre) congratulates teammate Kasperi Kapanen after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS are suspending or pausing their seasons over coronavirus.
The CFL is still planning for training camps on May 17 and the start of the season on June 11. “It would be purely speculative and maybe even irresponsible to talk about things like playing in an empty stadium at this point,” said spokesman Lucas Barrett.
Spokesmen for the Leafs and Blue Jays have said players will have less physical interactions with fans, including providing pre-autographed cards and avoiding handshakes.
Shopping in the Toronto Eaton Centre for Christmas on Friday November 30, 2018. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)
“The retail sector has some experience with this with SARS,” said Michael LeBlanc, of the Retail Council of Canada.
“Retailers have plans in place for cold and flu season with health and safety. No one is saying it’s not a good idea to go shopping. Just be practical — wash your hands more often and if you see hand sanitizer, use it.”
It’s possible that people will delay making purchases or stick to buying things online.
No visit to Toronto is complete without seeing its most famous landmark, the CN Tower. GETTY IMAGES
Tourism Toronto said it’s expecting a decrease in visitors from China, other parts of Asia and Italy until the spring or summer, said spokesman Matt McNama. But Toronto is not reliant on only one market and “that gives Toronto a solid foundation to weather immediate challenges and rebound quickly.”Its members — which include the Royal Ontario Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium — are adopting a wait-and-see policy. The CN Tower and Downsview Park have suspended their operations.
Gas pump. FILE PHOTO. Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network
Dan McTeague, the president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, said the recent 10-cent drop  at the pumps is the most significant reaction to a global medical crisis.
It’s impacting all commodities. He sees this lasting for months.
“You’re going to be saving at the pumps, but you’re going to be paying for everything else with much higher prices. Canada’s biggest export is oil and gas and if it loses value, then you’re going to wind up with fewer jobs.”
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David Soberman, a professor of marketing at the Rotman School of Management, urged people  to look at the lockdown in Italy to see what could happen in Toronto.
“It could get to a point where people are only going out if they absolutely have to,” he said. “Schools and daycares could close and meetings, conferences and where people congregate is curtailed for an amount of time until the rate of infection slows down or they have an effective way of treating it.”
Filipinos wearing facemasks attend evening mass at a church on March 11, 2020 in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines rose to 49 after 16 new cases were announced on Wednesday. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
The Canadian Council of Churches says congregations should listen to all government recommendations around crowds. They are looking into live-streaming services and digital worship materials, “so members of faith communities may continue to be nourished in their faith even from a distance.”
Osgoode Hall in Toronto is home to Ontarios Court of Appeal and also hears cases from Divisional Court and civil litigation before the Superior Court of Justice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
The Ministry of the Attorney General have cancelled jury panels for any upcoming criminal and civil trials.
“Anyone who has received a summons for jury duty for an upcoming trial, should not attend court. Jury trials already underway will continue,” said spokesman Brian Gray.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice, meanwhile, is suspending its operations this week.
With files by the Canadian Press