In the end, the stress was too high and the revenues too low for Ellen Connell to keep her yoga studio open.
“This is not a decision anyone would take lightly,” said Connell, owner of Sidney Hot Yoga.
The closure as of Jan. 31 closes a personal and professional chapter in Connell’s life, that may preview the fate of other small businesses as health measures designed to fight COVID-19 continue.
One factor is Connell’s career as a registered clinical counsellor. Juggling this career with her yoga studio was unsustainable.
“Unfortunately, with the ongoing restrictions, there just weren’t enough students, there just weren’t enough teachers,” she said. “It just wasn’t possible. And because the yoga studio was not my full time job, I was not at liberty to teach all of my classes.”
Connell navigated an alphabet soup of support measures that helped in part, but she feels government should have offered direct…