MLA says provincial reopening plan needs more clarity

Doug Clovechok, MLA for Columbia River - Revelstoke, wants more info on B.C.’s COVID-19 reopening

Submitted by Doug Clovechok, MLA Columbia River – Revelstoke

Like many of you, I was anxious and excited to hear the government finally announce B.C.’s reopening

plan this past Wednesday. We have all been eagerly awaiting answers as to when and how businesses can

reopen, when we can reconnect with our loved ones, and if we can get back to enjoying our favourite

parks and activities. I must admit the government’s plan left us with less clarity and guidelines than I had

hoped for.

As British Columbians, we are fortunate to have Dr. Bonnie Henry and her team leading our province

through this pandemic. I have also been overwhelmingly proud of the dedication and sacrifice made by

British Columbians to follow her guidance in the past several weeks as we collectively navigate through

this challenging time and I am confident that we will all continue to follow those necessary best

practices.

Now it’s time for government to step up and lead British Columbians through this transition period by

providing a clear and direct message to individuals, families, and businesses on how B.C. will reopen its

economy. British Columbians are looking to the province for long-term support and guidance in the

economic challenges that lie ahead.

I have heard from many constituents in Columbia River-Revelstoke regarding the unique challenges they

are facing right now. These include businesses that rely on out-of-province visitors, and residents facing

increased unemployment. Our businesses and their employees are now waiting for industry-specific

guidelines to provide a roadmap to reopening. So far, we have seen several short-term programs

announced, but we are lacking a long-term strategy that will get British Columbia back to the prosperous

province we all know and love. We know we need to be flexible while we work through this

unprecedented situation, but guidelines should be in place to help ease the minds of the many people who

want to know how, and when they’re going to get back on their feet.

After advocating for our provincial parks and recreation sites to safely reopen, I am pleased to see that

some restrictions will be lifted in the coming weeks. However, a series of questions on how we will make

this transition remain unanswered. I will continue to join virtual round tables hosted by our local

chambers of commerce; I appreciate the thoughtful questions and shared concerns those attendees bring

forward to me during each meeting. I will continue to do my part to provide answers to residents who are

seeking clarity.

* Please keep monitoring the government’s website for updates and information at www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc

* There is a new toll-free number for BC residents/businesses to call, should they have specific questions

around COVID and life in BC: 1-888-COVID19

My offices are still available to assist with provincial matters five days a week. Don’t hesitate to contact me at 1-844-432-2300, or Doug.Clovechok.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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