Oxygen Yoga & Fitness Barrie South- owned and operated by Kim Ridgers

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Health and wellness is essential. Both physically and mentally. – This studio and other like minded businesses provide

This studio support people’s mental health, physical health and provides an outlet and community for many. With depression at an all time high we need this space more than ever. We hear daily how we have a positive impact on members of our community. They need us to be open. The studio was founded in September 2019 and scheduled to open March 30,2020. The pandemic hit Barrie two weeks prior and delayed our opening until September 14, 2020. We were able to be open for 4 months. We were closed the majority of 2021 and running virtual or outdoor classes. They were scheduled to open July 16, 2021 but the Barrie Tornado destroyed Kim’s home and opening was delayed until July 19th. They have been open 5 months and we’re starting to rebuild to where we had been prior to the lockdowns. We still had a long way to go. They had a free week planned Jan 10-16 and classes were full with many new customers. Jan 5th they will close their doors again. To date, we have received no government grants or funding. As a new business, we did not qualify. Kim has personally incurred the financial impact of the pandemic and now in debt over 170 000$ to have carried the studio to this point. She has lost staff and again is not able to continue to offer work to over 12 instructors and front desk staff. Without funding or support they will not make it through another lockdown. They are offering virtual classes and do everything we can to support our community and those that have supported us.

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