Fort St. John is getting ready to help businesses and answer questions about their re-opening plans as the provincial economy readies for a reboot next week.
The city launched a COVID-19 hotline as part of its emergency operations centre and response to the public health pandemic in early April. Fire Chief and Emergency Program Co-ordinator Darrell Blades told council May 11 that the hotline remains open and bylaw officers will be there to help.
“We expect a little uptick on the COVID line as businesses start to come open and receive questions on what is the physical distancing requirements and are they meeting the requirements,” said Blades.
“We expect to have bylaw staff out and about handing out information when needed and answering questions as they arise.”
Starting May 19, the province plans a gradual return to business, including the rescheduling of elective surgeries and other medical services, as well as the reopening of personal services, retail stores, and restaurants that can safely modify their business models to adhere to strict safety guidelines.
Blades said the outdoor public washrooms installed at the cultural centre will be open for a few more weeks until more businesses open downtown.
The COVID hotline can be reached at 250-787-8193, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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