A Letter from the Editor

I don’t know if I have COVID-19. I feel good. But I’ve been going out. I’ve touched doorknobs. I’ve spontaneously shaken a hand or two and then touched my face like nobody’s business. I even shared plates and snuck a sip of someone else’s cocktail. In other words, this past weekend I stupidly put my friends, family and community at risk. That stops now. I can only speak for myself and my family, but from today forward it’s take-out, delivery and home cooking only. The powers that be have yet to give a directive to close table service in restaurants, bars and cafes (as they have in some European countries and American cities), but we know it’s coming, so instead of irresponsibly promoting or writing stories that advocate for business as usual, Scout & Islandist will be keeping tabs on new developments related to the service industry that are of interest to our core mission, and doing what we can to entertain and inform, one day at a time until we get to the other side of this damned thing. It’s going to be a hard road ahead. It hurts to see our friends losing shifts, getting laid off, temporarily closing up shop, and struggling to support the people they really care about. But it’s going to be much harder if they get sick and start infecting others, especially the most vulnerable. This is why we need to pull out all the stops now. As a small business that is tied to the hospitality industry, this is going to be brutal for us financially, but we need to take this threat very seriously, and you should too. If there is any way that we can help our members and advertisers in this difficult time, we are here to share your take-out menus, updates, and news — even the hard parts. We’re all in this together, so let’s be smart and beat the daylights out of this thing.

Yours, two meters away.

Andrew Morrison
Editor-in-Chief | Scout & Islandist

There are 9 comments

  1. Andrew we need our lovely leaders,
    Federal, provincial and also municipal
    To make harsh decisions and help businesses and working people with
    All the tax money collected during the real state bonanza, till this virus resides( hopefully soon!

  2. Thanks for your open letter. I am a Scout follower and I have thought often over the last several weeks about all the small businesses like restaurants and shops and wondered how they are doing. These are extraordinary times and as you say it is time to pull out all the stops. If there are things or ideas to help support small businesses l am in. Buying gift certificates, take out. I would love to hear of people’s creative ideas. Also I hope that people will recognize that we are all in this together and that it better to support one another than hoard for ourselves as I have seen of late. We need to share not despair. Be well. Coco in Kits

  3. I like the ideas of buying gift certificates and take out, What about crews helping out in community kitchen and homeless shelters. They can still operate (for now). It doesn’t do anything financially but there would be a social benefit..

  4. So wonderful to see how folk are pulling together to help each other out in this time of uncertainty. A brilliant idea and well worth supporting especially if it means that the hospitality business will be able to keep going, both in terms of staff, public and the bottom line.