Dawson Creek businesses are looking at phase 2 as a chance to reload and get back to work – at their own pace.
The Province of British Columbia’s re-start plan in the face of COVID-19 has some business owners ready to jump on some commerce instead of throwing in the towel.
“We’ve got to get the economy up and running,” says Alanda Stables at Hug a Mug in DC’s downtown core. Stables says with a 50 percent occupancy limit still in place, getting revenues back to where they were prior to COVID-19 will be a challenge.
Miranda Rizzi, store manager and Dawson Creek Pet Valu said the business never closed their doors, rather only have limited customers since March.
“Pets need food, and we simply limited the amount of customers to two,” Rizzi notes, adding the dog washing newly re-opened has been a big hit.
“Pet owners are really stoked about that.”
Pam Morris, head librarian at the DC Public Library says it will likely only be curbside pick-ups for the future. Between library board staff, city of DC and provincial health officials, there are many hoops to jump through, says Morris.
“We are working on proposals now to open in June at some point,” she says.
“But for now we will be remaining closed and keeping matters contactless. We still need to see how this will unfold to protect both our staff and patrons.”
Protecting staff and patrons is what True North Fitness is all about. The Mile Zero based gym was the first to open, and gym officials note Northern Health has been on site.
“We’ve had the privilege of Northern Health coming in to audit the facility and ensure we are doing everything to maintain the safety of the public,” said owners this week.
Gridiron Fitness owner Wayne Schmidt spent the weekend measuring equipment spacing and more for their re-opening slated now for late May, while Post and Row Taphouse owners are constructing an outdoor deck to allow more patrons to attend – while at a distance.
All businesses and service owners note that physical distancing of at least two metres will be here to stay.
“The big thing is no loitering or window shopping, it is knowing what you want as a customer, having confidence that we are keeping people safe,” says Morris.
Welcome to the new normal.