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Businesses need answers, but John Horgan isn’t giving them

Businesses need answers, but John Horgan isn’t giving them

KAMLOOPS (September 3, 2021) – The Official Opposition continues to call on Premier John Horgan to provide B.C. businesses with clear answers on the rollout of his government’s proof of vaccination program.

“It’s been more than a week since the program was announced, yet many businesses are still waiting for answers on a number of pressing issues that will impact their operations,” said Todd Stone, Opposition Critic for Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “As of today, many of them are still uncertain whether they’re captured by the new rules. Others are worried for the safety of their staff and any future liabilities. They deserve answers and some reassurance that government has their back.”

The Opposition is asking the government to take a number of steps, including:

 

  • Providing clarity as well as training, standard signage, and financial support so front-line staff and small business owners can effectively enforce the proof of vaccination, including for out-of-province visitors, and are not forced to cover the cost of implementing a public health order;
  • Supporting businesses to protect their staff from abusive customers;
  • Providing liability protection to businesses enforcing the program, who fear lawsuits will be forthcoming;
  • Providing a clearer definition of ‘foodservice businesses,’ to clear up confusion over which businesses must require and enforce proof of vaccination;
  • Providing clarity to high intensity indoor group exercise businesses, such as spin studios and hot yoga studios, which due to IHA health orders have been closed since August 20, 2021, on whether they will be able to reopen once the proof of vaccination requirement comes into effect on September 13, 2021; and
  • Providing immediate financial ‘circuit breaker type’ support for these businesses if they will not be allowed to reopen on September 13, 2021.

 

Interim Leader of the Official Opposition Shirley Bond has sent a letter to the Premier to outline these information gaps, and try to get some answers for small business owners who haven’t heard from Horgan since the announcement.

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