MESSAGE FROM CHUCK DAVIDSON, MCC PRESIDENT & CEO
Around the world, governments have taken different approaches to try to bend and flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission — from complete lockdowns to quarantines and varying physical distancing orders. From the outset, the Province of Manitoba has been transparent and evidence-based in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Our progress is a direct result of the sacrifices and decisions that we have all made. COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way businesses operate, and as a result, Manitoba’s economy has suffered. But to protect seniors and at-risk populations, while ensuring that our health care system can respond to this dangerous virus, we all have to keep doing our part – at home, in the community and at work.
The key to re-opening and operating safely is to prioritize employee and customer safety while adapting the customer experience. The MCC, together with Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade across the country, are calling for coordination and collaboration by provincial and territorial governments on six critical elements to reopening that champion individual safety and economic stability. It will be a while before COVID-19 is behind us. Until then, guidelines will continue to be in place for businesses and organizations, and restrictions such as those on large gatherings and international travel will remain. But some things have gradually become a little easier.
Phase 1 of Restoring Safe Services has been a success as Manitobans approached our economic relaunch with the same adaptability and resilience we have shown throughout the pandemic; moving forward together with care and common sense. In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we want our members and the broader business community to find the answers they need to their most pressing questions. We have been proud to provide expert guidance and valuable information through our newsletters and on jointhechamber.ca to help companies navigate their next step.
As we move into Phase 2 and gradually reopening businesses and services, I encourage you to guard against complacency. Be patient so the sacrifices we have already made to contain the virus are not wasted by carelessness.. There are important things you can do to protect yourself, as well as your loved ones, neighbours and colleagues. Together, we can take these actions to keep the curve flat, while doing more to improve our personal well-being, restart our economy, and strengthen our connections in our communities. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need us. We are One Province, One Economy, One Network.