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Lethbridge Chamber applauds expanded supports and measured reopening

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LETHBRIDGE, AB. –  The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce says the lifting of some of Alberta’s COVID-19 health restrictions this week is great news for small businesses.

As of Monday (Jan. 18) personal and wellness services re-opened by appointment only, up to 10 people can gather outdoors, and up to 20 people can now attend funerals.

Chamber CEO Cyndi Vos says she’s pleased that local people can get back to work.

She adds the Lethbridge Chamber “will continue to advocate for a thoughtful phased-in approach to re-opening” and it will also ask the province to outline when other sectors, especially hospitality and fitness, can open back up.

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“It is positive to see our provincial numbers declining, but we cannot let our guard down locally,” says Vos. “If we continue to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID, restrictions will continue to be lifted, and businesses will be able to reopen in a safe environment.”

Vos points to recently expanded supports for small businesses as well, saying it’ll help existing businesses weather this volatile storm and give new ones more confidence to open in what is a challenging climate.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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