Hamilton Mountain eateries and gyms reopening

Community Jul 24, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

While Hamilton eateries can start serving up to 50 people indoors starting today (July 24), not everyone is eager to rush inside.

“The whole inside idea right now, it’s not comfortable,” said Ron Wilson, a regular at Ye Olde Squire on Upper James who was enjoying a beer on the patio recently.

Sylvia Murphy, another familiar face at the popular Mountain watering hole, said she would be willing to dine inside if the patio isn’t available.

“Sure, I would be,” she said. “It’s well-managed here.”

Inside the restaurant, Tim Myles isn’t sure what to expect when limited indoor dining resumes.

“It’s a big grey area,” said Myles, who is an operating partner at the Upper James establishment along with Ye Olde Squire eateries on Fennell Avenue East and in Aldershot.

“Personally, if I had the option to eat out or eat in, I would prefer to sit out because summers are too short.”

Myles said they have rearranged the inside, moving tables and blocking off some areas to ensure physical distancing.

The dining room, which normally seats 180 people, is ready for 50, although Myles noted they have been trying to get clarification from city hall and the province about the indoor dining numbers.

“The protocols when they said we were allowed to reopen were very sketchy,” he said.

There are 45 staff at Ye Olde Squire-Upper James and Myles noted he will be adding extra staff to each shift, including one hostess who will be making sure patrons inside and on the 110-seat patio (about half the regular occupancy) are adhering to social distancing rules.

Under the city bylaw, all eatery patrons must wear a mask when entering and leaving the premises and when they use the washrooms. Diners can only remove a mask while eating or drinking.

Myles said washroom use is being limited to one person at a time and the washrooms are sanitized every 15 minutes.

All staff also have their temperatures checked each morning and are required to wear masks, he added.

With 25 years in the restaurant business, Myles said he has never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic before.

He figures the pandemic has added at least $20,000 in costs as the business has purchased masks, sanitizers and other personal protective equipment along with more expensive chemicals for the dishwasher.

Myles noted his customers understand the new protocols and he hasn’t had any problem with people not wearing a mask.

“Our customers are patient like they have never been patient before,” Myles said. “I’ve never heard a guest say ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ more often.” 

Over on Summit Avenue, just north of Concession Street, Kylie Angel is getting ready to welcome women back to her Dark Angel Boxing studio for the first time since February.

Physical distancing rules mean she will only have four women at a time in her gym working at separate stations.

“I’m a drill sergeant, so I am confident that when I tell them I need you, here, here and here, they will respect the rules,” said Angel, who learned how to box at the Steeltown Boxing Club and Joslin’s.

“I like to teach women real boxing the way I was taught,” said Angel, who is 4-0 as a professional boxer.

A letter carrier for Canada Post during the day, Angel said she will resume evening classes starting July 27.

The sessions will be reduced to 45 minutes, Angel noted, to allow for her to clean the gym between classes.

Angel said she has a list of 50 women who paid a $50 deposit for training prior to the pandemic, who are eager to get back in the gym.

Under the bylaw people are not required to wear a mask while exercising.

Hamilton Mountain eateries and gyms reopening today

Masks, distancing and lots of cleaning planned at Ye Olde Squire and Dark Angel boxing

Community Jul 24, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

While Hamilton eateries can start serving up to 50 people indoors starting today (July 24), not everyone is eager to rush inside.

“The whole inside idea right now, it’s not comfortable,” said Ron Wilson, a regular at Ye Olde Squire on Upper James who was enjoying a beer on the patio recently.

Sylvia Murphy, another familiar face at the popular Mountain watering hole, said she would be willing to dine inside if the patio isn’t available.

“Sure, I would be,” she said. “It’s well-managed here.”

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Inside the restaurant, Tim Myles isn’t sure what to expect when limited indoor dining resumes.

“It’s a big grey area,” said Myles, who is an operating partner at the Upper James establishment along with Ye Olde Squire eateries on Fennell Avenue East and in Aldershot.

“Personally, if I had the option to eat out or eat in, I would prefer to sit out because summers are too short.”

Myles said they have rearranged the inside, moving tables and blocking off some areas to ensure physical distancing.

The dining room, which normally seats 180 people, is ready for 50, although Myles noted they have been trying to get clarification from city hall and the province about the indoor dining numbers.

“The protocols when they said we were allowed to reopen were very sketchy,” he said.

There are 45 staff at Ye Olde Squire-Upper James and Myles noted he will be adding extra staff to each shift, including one hostess who will be making sure patrons inside and on the 110-seat patio (about half the regular occupancy) are adhering to social distancing rules.

Under the city bylaw, all eatery patrons must wear a mask when entering and leaving the premises and when they use the washrooms. Diners can only remove a mask while eating or drinking.

Myles said washroom use is being limited to one person at a time and the washrooms are sanitized every 15 minutes.

All staff also have their temperatures checked each morning and are required to wear masks, he added.

With 25 years in the restaurant business, Myles said he has never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic before.

He figures the pandemic has added at least $20,000 in costs as the business has purchased masks, sanitizers and other personal protective equipment along with more expensive chemicals for the dishwasher.

Myles noted his customers understand the new protocols and he hasn’t had any problem with people not wearing a mask.

“Our customers are patient like they have never been patient before,” Myles said. “I’ve never heard a guest say ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ more often.” 

Over on Summit Avenue, just north of Concession Street, Kylie Angel is getting ready to welcome women back to her Dark Angel Boxing studio for the first time since February.

Physical distancing rules mean she will only have four women at a time in her gym working at separate stations.

“I’m a drill sergeant, so I am confident that when I tell them I need you, here, here and here, they will respect the rules,” said Angel, who learned how to box at the Steeltown Boxing Club and Joslin’s.

“I like to teach women real boxing the way I was taught,” said Angel, who is 4-0 as a professional boxer.

A letter carrier for Canada Post during the day, Angel said she will resume evening classes starting July 27.

The sessions will be reduced to 45 minutes, Angel noted, to allow for her to clean the gym between classes.

Angel said she has a list of 50 women who paid a $50 deposit for training prior to the pandemic, who are eager to get back in the gym.

Under the bylaw people are not required to wear a mask while exercising.

Hamilton Mountain eateries and gyms reopening today

Masks, distancing and lots of cleaning planned at Ye Olde Squire and Dark Angel boxing

Community Jul 24, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

While Hamilton eateries can start serving up to 50 people indoors starting today (July 24), not everyone is eager to rush inside.

“The whole inside idea right now, it’s not comfortable,” said Ron Wilson, a regular at Ye Olde Squire on Upper James who was enjoying a beer on the patio recently.

Sylvia Murphy, another familiar face at the popular Mountain watering hole, said she would be willing to dine inside if the patio isn’t available.

“Sure, I would be,” she said. “It’s well-managed here.”

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Inside the restaurant, Tim Myles isn’t sure what to expect when limited indoor dining resumes.

“It’s a big grey area,” said Myles, who is an operating partner at the Upper James establishment along with Ye Olde Squire eateries on Fennell Avenue East and in Aldershot.

“Personally, if I had the option to eat out or eat in, I would prefer to sit out because summers are too short.”

Myles said they have rearranged the inside, moving tables and blocking off some areas to ensure physical distancing.

The dining room, which normally seats 180 people, is ready for 50, although Myles noted they have been trying to get clarification from city hall and the province about the indoor dining numbers.

“The protocols when they said we were allowed to reopen were very sketchy,” he said.

There are 45 staff at Ye Olde Squire-Upper James and Myles noted he will be adding extra staff to each shift, including one hostess who will be making sure patrons inside and on the 110-seat patio (about half the regular occupancy) are adhering to social distancing rules.

Under the city bylaw, all eatery patrons must wear a mask when entering and leaving the premises and when they use the washrooms. Diners can only remove a mask while eating or drinking.

Myles said washroom use is being limited to one person at a time and the washrooms are sanitized every 15 minutes.

All staff also have their temperatures checked each morning and are required to wear masks, he added.

With 25 years in the restaurant business, Myles said he has never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic before.

He figures the pandemic has added at least $20,000 in costs as the business has purchased masks, sanitizers and other personal protective equipment along with more expensive chemicals for the dishwasher.

Myles noted his customers understand the new protocols and he hasn’t had any problem with people not wearing a mask.

“Our customers are patient like they have never been patient before,” Myles said. “I’ve never heard a guest say ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ more often.” 

Over on Summit Avenue, just north of Concession Street, Kylie Angel is getting ready to welcome women back to her Dark Angel Boxing studio for the first time since February.

Physical distancing rules mean she will only have four women at a time in her gym working at separate stations.

“I’m a drill sergeant, so I am confident that when I tell them I need you, here, here and here, they will respect the rules,” said Angel, who learned how to box at the Steeltown Boxing Club and Joslin’s.

“I like to teach women real boxing the way I was taught,” said Angel, who is 4-0 as a professional boxer.

A letter carrier for Canada Post during the day, Angel said she will resume evening classes starting July 27.

The sessions will be reduced to 45 minutes, Angel noted, to allow for her to clean the gym between classes.

Angel said she has a list of 50 women who paid a $50 deposit for training prior to the pandemic, who are eager to get back in the gym.

Under the bylaw people are not required to wear a mask while exercising.