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.

“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.