We need a reopening plan that gives Canadians hope
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to get my first COVID-19 vaccination. It was an exciting day. But those who know me know how important family is to me, so I was equally excited when, in the matter of one week, the whole family was able to get one dose in the arm. A successful vaccination rollout is the best way for all of us to return to a more normal life.
It is a time to be more hopeful. The worst should soon be behind us, especially if we all remain vigilant and continue to follow public health guidelines. Canadians will naturally want to know what is their reward for being fully vaccinated. When can we visit with friends and family? When will we be able to travel? When will it be safe for restaurants to reopen?
Some provinces have started offering guidance, but so far, there is no clear and consistent national roadmap out of lockdown … and we need one. That’s why this week I joined 60 other business groups across the country in calling on the Prime Minister to work closely with the premiers to develop a pan-Canadian plan for a safe reopening.
Businesses need time to prepare, and we all need to move from a mindset of fear to hope. Public confidence will be key to our recovery both economically and mentally.
A clearly defined national plan would go a long way to helping with that transition. As many of us head into a long weekend with sunshine in the forecast, remember that there are better days ahead.
Until next time,
President and CEO
Business Council of Canada
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