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The Lockdown Impact On Canadian Restaurants Was Captured & The Pics Are So Powerful

"An intimate look into an industry fighting for survival."

It's safe to say that Canadian businesses have been affected by COVID-19 one way or another and restaurants are no exception. 

As it stands, over 10,000 restaurants have closed in the country, with over 200,000 businesses still at risk of closing.

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To capture the impact on the industry, Jody Shapiro, co-owner of Toronto’s Antler Kitchen and Bar introduced a photo series called "Lockdown 2.0," which documented over a dozen restaurants in Toronto, like LEV bakery which was capture on day 66 of lockdown.

Jody Shapiro

The project was described as "an intimate look into an industry fighting for survival amidst the backdrop of COVID-19 restrictions."

Jody Shapiro

"I want to use this photography series to demonstrate how hard everyone is working to survive and remind our community that we’re all in this together," Shapiro said in a statement.

Jody Shapiro

It captured workers like Scott waiting for customers at Beast Bodega on day 47 of lockdown.

Jody Shapiro

And Maggie re-opening the Skyline restaurant to customers.

Jody Shapiro

It highlighted measures put in place with shots of workers like Caroline and Rob working at different stations at Labora on day 13 of lockdown.

Jody Shapiro

And Chefs Anthony and John working on plating for a takeout order at Canoe.

Jody Shapiro

The photo series got the attention of the Stephen Bulger Gallery and the image prints are being sold with all profits going towards non-profits supporting the Canadian hospitality industry.