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Coronavirus: Edmonton business struggles to get answers from province to reopen

Edmonton business struggles to get answers from province to reopen
WATCH ABOVE: Two weeks into Edmonton's relaunch plan and some businesses say they continue to face hurdles. As Lisa MacGregor reports, they're having trouble getting the answers they need to reopen.

While some businesses have reopened in Edmonton, others say they’re having trouble getting the answers they need to reopen.

On May 11, the province unveiled its Alberta Biz Connect website to help all businesses figure out how to reopen safely. It includes guidelines for any industry that’s part of Phase 1.

For specific questions, businesses were encouraged to email for help.

It has been 15 days since Rob Davy, owner of Laser City, sent an email to the Alberta government’s website and he says he still hasn’t received a reply answering any of his questions on how to reopen.

READ MORE: Alberta releases business guides for COVID-19 reopening plan

“We emailed (bizconnect@gov.ab.ca). We said: here’s our situation, we want to do this, we want to do our in-person day camps, we’ve read the sheets, we’re doing online day camps right now but we want to do in-person – how do we do that?” Davy said.

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“Getting back to these business owners and letting them know how to reopen their business should almost be one of the government’s top priorities,” Davy said.

Alberta government announces relaunch guidelines for businesses in Phase 1
Alberta government announces relaunch guidelines for businesses in Phase 1

The province said it has provided extensive information to business owners. In a statement to Global News, minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, Tanya Fir, said:

“Sector-specific and general workplace guidelines, PPE providers, answers to commonly-asked questions and the ability to ask questions specific to their businesses.”

“We have also added additional staff in light of the high level of interest, which has increased our rate of response in recent days,” the statement said.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: Alberta changes PPE distribution, businesses must obtain own masks after June 30

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But Davy said every day Laser City stays closed is thousands of dollars lost.

“There’s an opportunity right now for us as a business to start making some money, bring back some of our employees, but also to help parents and kids out by giving them something to do.

“Day camps were included in Phase 1,” Davy said.

READ MORE: Calgary and Brooks get green light to move forward with Stage 1 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy

Alberta premier Jason Kenney said the province is on track for the Phase 2 of relaunch, which would include movie theatres, libraries and more personal services.

That target date is June 19 if progress and the current direction of the COVID-19 numbers continues throughout the Alberta.

Alberta may consider alternate dates for Phase 2 relaunch if numbers remain good: Hinshaw
Alberta may consider alternate dates for Phase 2 relaunch if numbers remain good: Hinshaw

 

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