CFIB Calls For Stay-Open Strategies

To prevent further business closures in the event of resurgences of COVID-19, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on provincial governments to adopt stay-open strategies now, with a petition for business owners to sign and a proposed plan. The proposed plan includes the demand of 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, and proof of vaccination for travel and large events. "Provinces have done a good job of putting reopening plans in place, but very few have stated their intention to stay open and released detailed plans on how they will do that,” says Laura Jones, executive vice-president at CFIB. "The last 16 months have been incredibly hard on small business owners, not only financially, but emotionally as well. They can't take more lockdowns.”