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Merna Emara

Staff writer

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Restaurants rely on locals to keep doors open during border closure

In a place like Fort Frances where most local businesses rely on tourists from the United States and other parts of Ontario, the hospitality sector has been hit hard by COVID-19.

Edith Bodnar, owner of Harbourage, said they are usually very busy, but when COVID-19 hit, they were closed down to takeout.

Betty's staff adapted to COVID-19, but store not out of the woods yet

While most of Earth's inhabitants were locked inside their homes under quarantine, new talents were discovered. Many turned to cooking, crafting and working on puzzles to destress and pass the time with their families.

Betty's of Fort Frances was able to fuel all that creativity. They were able to continue delivering paint, crafts and puzzles to customers through online orders.