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Chamber responds to next phase of BC restart plan

VERNONThe Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is hopeful a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions will move British Columbians, communities and the economy closer to recovery.
The provincial government has announced that step two in B.C.’s restart plan is moving ahead as of Tuesday, June 15.
“We are pleased to hear that the number of Covid cases in B.C. have decreased while hospitalizations have stabilized, and our thoughts continue to be with those individuals and families impacted by this virus,” said Krystin Kempton, Greater Vernon Chamber president.
“In terms of step two of the restart plan, it’s extremely good news that the non-essential travel ban between regions in B.C. has lifted. This means that families can be reunited and British Columbians can travel within the province, meaning a significant boost for the tourism and hospitality sectors, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. It’s important to note that out-of-province non-essential travel is still being discouraged.”
For businesses, the shift into step two also means:

  • maximum of 50 people for indoor seated organized gatherings (e.g., movie theatres, live theatre, banquet halls) with safety plans;
  • liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs extended until midnight;
  • indoor sports games (no spectators) with safety plans
  • high-intensity fitness with safety plans. 
Masks remain mandatory in indoor public spaces as does social distancing.
Provincial authorities continue to monitor Covid case counts and hospitalizations and the earliest start date for step three of the restart plan is July 1, and for step four, Sept. 7.
“For the restart plan to progress, all of us as individuals must keep doing our part by following the protocols, being vaccinated and being kind to each other. We would also encourage residents to support local, whether it’s dining in or takeout, resuming fitness classes or ordering online from a Vernon business,” said Kempton.
The provincial government indicates that the restart plan means ongoing consultation with businesses and that businesses can expect updated guidance from WorkSafeBC before July 1.
“It is vital that business organizations, such as chambers of commerce, provide constructive input as the economy begins to reopen, and we would encourage MLAs and cabinet ministers to speak directly to business owners,” said Kempton.
“There is also a need for the provincial government to continue to provide much-needed financial support to businesses and non-profits as the impact of the pandemic continues to be felt.”

Dan Proulx, General Manager   
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
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