Advocacy Update: Alberta needs a plan to reopen
Posted: Jan 12, 2021
The Board submitted the following letter to the Premier's office today, in response to the extension of business restrictions that are negatively impacting our local businesses and thousands of others across the province.
The Honorable Jason Kenney, MLA
Premier of Alberta
Office of the Premier
307 Legislature Building
10800 – 97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6
The Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce is asking the Alberta government to work with industries currently affected by business closures to plan for a safe reopening as soon as possible. While we were pleased to see the Alberta government’s decision to allow all retail businesses to remain open, rather than shuttering small retail businesses who were not deemed ‘essential’ during the lockdowns in spring of 2020, more needs to be done. With the latest extension of restrictions and business closures, our local businesses, and their employees, are suffering.
Many of these businesses were permitted to open in June only after implementing significant additional health protocols and procedures to ensure customer and staff safety – often coming at a high cost. In the absence of accurate, consistent contact tracing these businesses are now suffering unnecessarily with no proof that an increase in cases is attributed to their operation.
Since the extension of the current restrictions was announced we’ve heard more clearly from our local business community that something needs to change. These businesses are beginning to fear that if not permitted to open soon – they may never open again.
The Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce stands with the ACC in asking our provincial government to help reopen those businesses most negatively affected by the extended lockdown. There is a way for them to reopen and operate safely while keeping public health at the forefront; The health and sustainability of our businesses must also be a priority.
The Board of Directors
Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Ron Orr, MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka