The Alberta government’s decision not to institute a full lockdown was met with relief Tuesday by many in the small business community.
Amanda Stephenson • Calgary Herald
Publishing date: Nov 25, 2020
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On Tuesday, Kenney urged Albertans to support businesses affected by the pandemic by shopping local whenever possible, a message echoed by Annie MacInnis, executive director of the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone.
MacInnis said she believes the measures introduced by the government Tuesday are necessary, and added the 25 per cent capacity restriction may not actually hurt independent shops that much, since many are already restricting the number of customers in the store at one time.
However, she is concerned about the degree to which public fears about the pandemic will keep people away from the stores entirely at a critical time of year.
“Holiday season is always crucial to small businesses, so this is going to be hard,” she said. “I encourage all Albertans who want to support their favourite businesses to give them a call and ask, ‘what’s the best way that I can spend money with you?’ ”