Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Small businesses urge Alberta to adopt “stay-open” strategy heading into fall

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CALGARY, AB – An overwhelming majority of small business owners in Alberta are concerned COVID restrictions could impact their livelihoods this fall.

As cases start to rise again, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling on the provincial government to adopt a “stay-open” strategy.

Alberta Provincial Affairs Director, Annie Dormuth, says members have made it clear – they can’t afford any more closures.

She says the recovery of small businesses in the province remains “sluggish at best” adding only about 30-percent are making normal sales for this time of year.

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The CFIB’s proposed stay-open plan includes:

  • Clear, evidence-based communications around risks and any decisions leading to additional restrictions
  • Direct provincial funding in place prior to announcing additional restrictions
    The attention of government and the public on hospitalization rates rather than case counts
  • More use of rapid testing, if needed
  • Proof of vaccination for travel and large events, if needed

Dormuth says if the decision comes between restrictions, lockdowns or the use of a vaccine passport for certain activities , businesses would support a proof of vaccination system as long as there are clear legal guidelines around it.

On Tuesday, Alberta reported 501 new cases of COVID-19 which is the highest daily case count since May 27.

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