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Chamber responds to lifting of health restrictions

VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomes an easing of Covid-19 health mandates as a way of supporting businesses and our community.

On March 9, the provincial government announced that the requirement for masks in most settings will be removed as of 12:01 a.m. March 10 (they can still be required in health care settings). On April 8, the proof of vaccination card will be eliminated.

“We are very pleased to hear that B.C. is in a position to move ahead with a substantive change to the health mandates and we are confident that this will be a major catalyst for economic recovery,” said Robin Cardew, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce president.

“The removal of masks means businesses and customers can return to relationships where importance is placed on smiles and connections. And when vaccination passports are no longer required April 8, businesses and non-profits can welcome everyone. We encourage the public to use the lifting of restrictions to maintain their support for local businesses as they are the backbone of our community.”

On March 11, the overnight child and youth camp order will be rescinded while on April 8, businesses can transition from a Covid-19 safety plan to a communicable disease plan.

The Greater Vernon Chamber continues to urge residents to be respectful towards business owners and their employees.

“Even with the lifting of mandates, there will be business owners and staff who are still comfortable wearing masks and having their clientele masked. As businesses and non-profits, they have always had the right to set specific requirements for those entering their workplace. We need to be kind and understanding,” said Cardew.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:    
Dan Proulx, General Manager   
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
P: 250-545-0771              E: manager@vernonchamber.ca