We are in unprecedented times locally, nationally and globally amid the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this message, the current risk to Islanders remains low at this time, and our public health system is actively responding.
Under the direction of the provincial Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, the Province of Prince Edward Island has put several recommendations in place to ensure the health and safety of all Islanders. These measures are necessary to reduce the ultimate impact the virus may have on Islanders.
Through this time of uncertainty, we have heard from you, our members, regarding your concerns for the health and safety of your employees, customers and clients and the overall impact COVID-19 will have on your business operations.
The Chamber has been working diligently to advocate on your behalf and share your concerns with government officials. This morning, we had a call with Premier Dennis King to share the questions and concerns we’ve been hearing. We were pleased to learn that the Premier is open to continued dialogue with the business community and that he acknowledges the response to local businesses needs to happen in the coming days, not weeks.
As your Chamber, we will continue to advocate on your behalf to government officials. Further, we are committed to sharing relevant business information through our social media, newsletters and email channels as soon as it becomes available.
The Chamber has also compiled a variety of resources to assist members with any questions or planning. These are located on our website. For the most reliable and up-to-date provincial information and resources on COVID-19, we direct you to the Province of Prince Edward Island’s COVID-19 information page.
While this situation is concerning, we can all play a role in exercising the necessary precautions to reduce the impact on our Island and protect our families, colleagues, friends and communities. We will be in touch as soon as more information is available, and as always, please contact us with any issues or concerns you have.
Dawn Binns, President
Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce