Weekly COVID-19 Update – April 21, 2020

Guru Restaurant: Adapting to COVID-19

During this pandemic, many restaurants and small businesses have had to change their whole system around to accommodate their customers in a safe way. For Guru Restaurant, located at
17021 – 100 Avenue, they have strived to keep their doors open and to do their best to cater to customers during these unprecedented times. 

Guru Restaurant has been in the Stony Plain Road & Area for 10 years. According to the West End location’s General Manager, Gurjeet Khaira, “Guru Restaurant & Bar is a different kind of Indian restaurant, that Edmonton has never experienced.” 
He went on to tell us that Guru offers only fine Indian cuisine, produced by a team of highly trained experienced chefs. 

Since the pandemic, Guru has been closed to the public and are currently only serving pickup and delivery orders. 

“The demand has decreased but we are still working hard to provide the best Indian cuisine right to your door,” Khaira tells us. 

An interesting feature menu that Guru has released is their ‘Lock it Down’ menu, only available for pickup and until April 30, 2020. 

“Our Lock it Down menu intends to offer the best value to our customers,” states Khaira, “We put together our most popular dishes and allow the customers to build their own package.” 

The prices on the Lock it Down menu are reduced, as Guru understands that Edmontonians are going through a hard time but they are still there to serve. The restaurant encourages Edmontonians to support local businesses through delivery and curbside pickups during this time. 

“We have been a part of the Stony Plain Road community for over 10 years and we want to continue to do so,” Khaira states. 

Guru’s Lock it Down menu can be found on their Instagram page at @guru_restaurant and you can find their website 

Here For Good T-Shirts are here to help YEG Businesses! 

The ‘Here For Good’ campaign embodies the slogan, “We are all in this together.” The creators of this campaign were aware that every sector has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and they wanted to shine a light on the small business sector in Edmonton. 

The premise of their campaign is simple: they sell a t-shirt with a YEG small business logo on it and all proceeds that are made on the shirt will go to that small business! 

If you purchase one of the two generic tees, proceeds from these shirts will be pooled and split amongst all businesses that sign up for the campaign. 

The t-shirts were designed for the City of Edmonton and are made with care and excitement right at the Print Machine production facility in YEG.

If you are a YEG small business and are struggling right now, you can sign up to have a t-shirt with your company logo and all proceeds going to you! All businesses are welcome to join. There is no investment or commitment required. All they ask is that you share their campaign and ask your loyal customers and followers to support by purchasing a tee for your company!

To see what shirts are currently part of the campaign, click here

To add your business to the campaign, click here.


#TakeOutDay is Every Wednesday!

Canada is encouraging Canadians across the country to order takeout in a show of support for their favourite local restaurants every Wednesday! If you do order takeout on Wednesday, make sure to post a picture on social media and hashtag #TakeOutDay. Check out this article to see which Stony Plain Road & Area restaurants are open to serve you.

Emergency Funding for Charities and Not-For-Profits: Application Deadline APRIL 21, 2020 6:00 P.M.

$30 million has been committed to charities, non-profits, not-for-profits, and civil society organizations to support their COVID-19 response. 

PLEASE NOTE: Effective April 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. the Government of Alberta will be suspending applications for the $30 million in emergency social services funding to charities, not-for-profits and civil society organizations to support their COVID-19 response.

For more information on the funding, or to access applications, click here. 


The Canada Emergency Business Account

The Canada Emergency Business Account provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover operating costs during periods when revenues have been temporarily reduced. 

To qualify, organizations must demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. Previously, the interest-free loan was for those with payrolls worth between $50,000 and $1 million.

Business owners can apply through banks and credit unions.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – April 15 Updates 

CERB is a taxable benefit of $2000/month for up to 4 months to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19. 

On April 15, 2020, the Government of Canada announced changes to the eligibility rules to: 

– Allow people to earn up to $1000 per month while collecting CERB

– Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work because of COVID-19 

– Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job because of COVID-19. 


Apply for CERB here, or phone at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would cover 75% of an employee’s wages, up to $847 per week, for employers of all sizes and across all sectors who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March, and 30% in April and May. 

The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15, to June 16, 2020. 

The Federal Government is also proposing that employers eligible for the CEWS be entitled to receive a 100% refund for certain employer contributions for Employment Insurance, and the Canada Pension Plan, paid in respect of employees who are on leave without pay. 

You can find more information on CEWS here.

Mental Health and Addiction Helplines

A pandemic can be a huge stress on a person’s life. If you are struggling with mental health or addictions please reach out to these trusted helplines. Remember, social distancing may be a lonely experience, but there are people who are here for you. 

Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642

Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322

Small Business Advice – Business Link

Talk to small business advisors at Business Link to get free advice, coaching and information on COVID-19 resources and supports.

Submit your question online or contact advisors directly at: 

Phone: 780-422-7722

Toll Free (Canada Only): 1-800-272-9675

TTY (For the deaf or hard of hearing): 1-800-457-8466 

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