OPINION: Stopping the spread of COVID-19, one small business at a time

After months of closures and uncertainty, Canadians are starting to get out of their homes and back into their local shops and restaurants. But the fears and anxiety about the spread of COVID-19 continue to weigh heavily.

That stress is compounded by the confusion born from inconsistent approaches to closing down and reopening our economy across the country. Many people still don’t feel confident going out, and small businesses are suffering.

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Public health and government guidance may vary by region, but there is one indicator every Canadian can look for to know they are safe. The POST Promise logo in a storefront window is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect the health and safety of their customers and employees as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Participating businesses commit to following five steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These steps include maintaining physical distance, washing and sanitizing hands, keeping workplaces clean and disinfected, telling employees to stay home if unwell, and practicing respiratory etiquette, including wearing a mask when recommended.

Businesses that make the POST Promise receive important information as to how they can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and they have direct access to the latest and most up-to-date government and public health information.

In the Delta area, many businesses have made the promise and are doing their part to keep us safe, including Euphoric Day Spa, Asco Aerospace, John’s Thistle Auto Repair, KenDor Textiles, HoneyDo Lifestyle Assistant and Sampsons Antique Co.

The POST Promise is free and for the common good. The program has been designed to help consumers feel confident that the coffee shop, hardware store or chiropractor’s office is aware and doing what it can to help slow the spread.

Businesses can only use and display the POST Promise logo after receiving the COVID-19 health and safety information, and committing to the five steps.

We want to thank the businesses in the Delta area that have made the POST Promise. You are leaders in keeping your customers and employees safe as our communities reopen. We welcome more businesses in the Delta area to make the POST Promise by going to postpromise.com.

We all have a role to play in keeping our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s stay healthy, support local businesses, and get our economy moving again, together.

Laura Hearn is the president and executive director of POST Promise.

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