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A sense that an end is in sight is beginning to prevail with Canadians. Nevertheless, plans to reopen remain slow and measured, varying from region to region.
Charlie Hotham runs Hotham Building Materials, a Sexton dealer in Windsor, Ont. He admits the current situation, as large construction projects have ground to a halt during the COVID-19 crisis, “has offered us some new and interesting challenges.”
Ontario will enter Stage 1 of its economic recovery on May 19, Premier Doug Ford announced, allowing all construction projects to resume.
When asked to rate their biggest concerns for the year ahead, hardware and home improvement dealers put the long-lasting impacts of COVID-19, staffing and availability of products at the top of their lists.