With recent world events, most notably the recent declaration of a COVID-19 Pandemic, businesses large and small are struggling with the reality of the human element of commerce. No matter how you conduct your business affairs- shopfront, online, remote or portable- business runs off of human interaction. It is therefore on the minds of Chamber members throughout the world how we respect the gravity of the global situation while still trying to survive financially.
No Chamber of Commerce will mandate or even make declarations attempting to guide- or enforce- a code of behaviour or practices for business. Having said that, the mission of the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is to provide helps, aids and resources for businesses. To that end and effect, we have gathered a page of links to currently updated, official government and international organizations with regulations, best practices, definitions and guidelines.
In order to respect all human life while conducting business, we recommend that business owners read over these guidelines and decide for themselves the best and most attainable mixture of work-at-home, social distancing, reduced hours, changes of service and good provision and other measures to suit their situation. Whether it’s taking out a few tables (and possibly running the risk of earning less in the short term) by offering to customers social distancing at a cafe or restaurant, or providing technology to allow workers to telecommute, or even reducing broad contacts with carefully instructed and protected delivery agents, well-considered action of some kind may be necessary for good business practice.
No matter what course of action a business takes, education is key. From taking time to go over PPE and sanitation best practices, to deciding on a business plan for your company, facts, policies, guidelines and information are key.
Useful Links and Leaflets
Being Prepared – Health Canada Best Practices for Communities and Business
Travel Health Notices for business travellers.
WHO Guidelines for Business- Preparing the Workplace for Protection
Information for Entrepreneurs and the Self-Employed from BDC
Emergency Management BC‘s Guides for Small Business, Tourism and Other Business Operations
Destination BC has provided a set of guidelines for
PDFs from EMBC and other Governmental Organizations Regarding Business Strategies for Coping with COVID-19
Terms & History of the Outbreak Situation
From Medium.com– an interesting and properly-researched piece on the history of COVID-19 with suggestions on what can be done as it moves into new areas
Facebook Post from Betty Jean Sutherland, a Nova Scotia RN, containing information about what to do in the case one may contract the illness.
The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is a part of the BC Chambers of Commerce Ass’n, who is working closely with Federal and Provincial agencies to create policy and measures to support and protect businesses during this event. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any changes, difficulties or input you may have for such agencies at this time, and we will forward it to the proper channels. Together, our voices can help create policy that protects businesses, workers and communities’ livelihoods during this time and beyond.