With more and more businesses reopening, Mayor Joanne Savage says its good news for the municipality of West Nipissing.
However, she is reminding everyone to be safe while doing so.
“Our Premier of Ontario has identified businesses that will open such as nurseries, garden centres, hardware stores, and businesses that have a street-front operation so they can do curbside pickup,” she explained. “The objective is to make sure that physical distancing measures are still in place. The Ministry of Health has provided guidelines to the businesses that were scheduled to reopen.”
“We still need to be aware that COVID-19 is still in our backyard,” Savage continued. “We still need to undertake preventative measures to make sure everyone is safe. That is the first-step our Premier has identified pertaining to the reopening.”
Even with the guidelines, Savage remains happy for the businesses.
“It’s good news for the businesses,” she said. “No doubt that they have experienced financial hardship and it has been a struggle. The West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce has been advocating and supporting our local businesses as much as possible and as Mayor, I think it is very critical and important that we do.”
“They are the backbone of the economy of West Nipissing,” Savage added. “They have always been there to support and extend any measures that they could to help fundraising, organizational groups, not-for-profit charitable organizations. It’s an opportunity for us to support them and the residents of West Nipissing that work for them. We want to make sure that people will be able to have employment and continue to enjoy a quality of life that they were able to prior to COVID.”