The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. The crisis is so broad that it impacted all geographic, demographic and economic sectors. Actions taken now by governments, businesses, organizations and individuals can set the foundation for the economic future of our province and survival of small, medium and large businesses. The CCGM has been active since the start of the pandemic participating in multiple ad hoc committee, advocating all levels of government for help for businesses of all sizes, and informing the business community and residents of our region on programs available and latest initiatives.
– The government has advised that they do not expect that a vaccine will be available for 8-10 months or more, meaning life will not return to normal for some time. Physical distancing, health screenings, physical barriers (plexiglass), hand-washing, surface cleaning, masks and face coverings will be the new normal.
– Members of the Chamber identified payroll and rent as the two main issues facing the pandemic of COVID-19.
– Entrepreneurs also needed guidance information regarding reopening the economy (Operational Plan, signage, Pre-Screening Tool, Physical Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures, Facilitating Personal Hygiene Etiquette, Personal Protection Equipment)
– The Chamber is participating in the Southeast Economic Recovery Task Force initiatives.
– Hosted the regional COVID-19 information website.
– Surveyed members on the effects of COVID-19.
– Participated on a survey with larger businesses of the region on the occupancy of offices in Downtown Moncton with 3+ Corporation and other stakeholders.
– The Chamber participated in a biweekly NB Organizational Check-In with business development organizations of the province and the development of the Turning Points podcast series.
– Work with all stakeholders in economic development in the province to put in place a balanced recovery plan from COVID-19 providing assistance to small and medium businesses, help our larger employers to maintain their employment levels, introduce programs to rejuvenate the retail and hospitality sector, and support for our airports in New Brunswick.
– Ask all levels of government to stay focused on economic measures to help the business community facing the COVID-19 pandemic.