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Lethbridge Chamber says this needs to be Alberta’s “final stage one re-opening”

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – This is a big week here in Alberta and for many, the hope is this is the beginning of the end of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Alberta’s summer re-opening plans which kick in Tuesday, June 1 with stage one.

The Chamber though says this needs to be the final stage one re-opening as some businesses have opened and closed two or three times already.

All stages are linked to COVID-19 vaccination rates and hospitalizations both of which are meeting the expected targets at the moment.

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The Chamber says as doors swing open, the widest they’ve been since before the pandemic began, many local business are still facing challenges which include things like recalling staff, ordering supplies, advertising, and re-engaging customers.

Stage two of the province’s re-opening is set to take effect June 10th and if all goes as planned things will be fully open again before July 1st.

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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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