Chambers of Commerce across Ontario, including those in Barrie and Orillia, have called on all levels of government to accelerate the pace of COVID vaccinations to hasten a safe reopening of the provincial economy. In particular, they would like to see the earlier prioritization of essential workers who cannot work from home and who are most vulnerable and at risk.
“An expedited vaccine roll-out prioritizing essential workers who cannot work from home is critical to preventing these stops and starts that are so damaging for business,” said Barrie Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paul Markle. “With the Ontario Business Support Grant coming to a close, we call for continued supports that will see businesses through the third wave of the crisis.”
Ontario Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Rocco Rossi, said Chamber members are ready, willing, and able to support and accelerate local vaccine deployment efforts. “From vaccine facilities and centres to volunteers to donations to support ride programs, we truly see Council members stepping up to make a difference.”
In Orillia, Chamber of Commerce President Allan Lafontaine heaped praise on the city’s residents for their support during the pandemic, recognizing Shop Local efforts which he said have been the difference in keeping businesses from closing. “During the Stay-at-Home order, we hope that this trend will continue, and that the public utilizes local businesses and restaurants for curbside pickup to keep our community intact.”