It is a day that the CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce says we are ready for.
John Hopkins says it is a plan the government feels safe in doing because of what Saskatchewan people have done over the past number of weeks to flatten the curve. He says those efforts need to continue now and moving forward.
“The last thing we want to do is having gone through all of this over this time and all of the pain we have gone through together as a province and then we have to shut down again and do it all over again.” Hopkins said. “That is not what we want. What we want is for people to remain vigilant and keep doing what we have been doing.”
Hopkins says the re-open plan brings excitement and optimism to business around the province, but that optimism is “cautious optimism” because of the conditions that still exist.
Coronavirus: Saskatchewan government commits $1M to campaign supporting local business
The Saskatchewan government said it is committing $1 million to support a province-wide marketing campaign encouraging people to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding is being given to the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, which will work with other regional chambers, to expand its “Together We Stand” initiative throughout the province.
“Encouraging Saskatchewan residents to buy local is a great initiative of the business community that we are pleased to support during this unprecedented difficult economic time,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.
“This consumer campaign to support local businesses, led by the Regina chamber and to be shared across our province, will help connect consumers directly with Saskatchewan businesses during the ongoing pandemic, throughout our economic recovery initiatives, and for the long-term.”
The province said it believes the campaign helps “bridge the gap between consumers and businesses in the province, keeping the economy moving” especially during the coronavirus pandemic, a message supported by the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.
“There are a number of ways residents can support local businesses here, and that’s true for people supporting their local businesses right across Saskatchewan,” Regina & District Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins said.
“We thank the government for their strong support and continuing partnership with our business community on this ‘Together We Stand’ campaign and other key projects to keep Saskatchewan working.”
Harrison said local businesses are a huge part of the province’s economy and is important to show them support.
“In communities right across Saskatchewan, local businesses have been there to sponsor local sports teams, community events, fundraising efforts and other initiatives,” Harrison said.
“Now is the time for us as a government and residents, if they are able, to be there to return that support.”
Regina & District Chamber of Commerce
2145 Albert St.
Phone: (306) 757-4658
Fax: (306) 757-4668