Shipping companies prepare for the post-pandemic world
FREDERICTON – As the Maritime provinces move towards a full reopening, businesses in the region still have a lot to discover about how they will operate in a post-pandemic world.
As more residents of the Maritimes take advantage of declining vaccines in clinics, COVID-19 numbers continue to improve in the region.
With no new cases reported Saturday in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick – and three recoveries in the first – only 13 active cases remain in the three Maritime provinces.
But business owners say the impact of the pandemic can be measured by more than the number of cases.
“It has been an extremely difficult time for companies, they are going to do what they can to protect their customers, protect their employees and at the same time be able to return to some kind of economic normalcy and make a living again. . ”Says Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.
Ross says the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce will offer rapid testing for small businesses with fewer than 300 employees.
The number of vaccines is also increasing in the region. As of Saturday, 48.4 percent of Nova Scotians have received two doses of the vaccine, while 57.9 percent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over are fully immunized.
Important numbers for businesses that rely on Canadian or international travel.
“We need to be consistent for international travel,” said Roger Melanson, Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party. “I think it will be a national initiative and I know it is under consideration to see if we can have a passport or vaccination certificate. that would be perfectly legitimate.
For a Fredericton-based company, the return of travel accelerates the opening of their new location.
Chess Piece Café was supposed to open a location at the Fredericton airport, but the COVID-19 pandemic put that plan on hold for months.
“I’m hoping to be able to operate at full capacity, which seems a little strange now after all this time, and refocus on opening our airport,” said Patti Hollenberg, owner of Chess Piece Café.
The easing of restrictions by the end of the summer also raises questions about how businesses in the Maritimes will continue to operate in a post-pandemic world.
“Businesses are going to be able to make their own decisions,” says Ross. “They will no longer be subject to an emergency order and they have done a great job in the last 16 months, 17 months of monitoring their plan of operations. . “
New Brunswick aims to reach its opening green phase by August 2, while the number of vaccinations reaches 75%, while Nova Scotia aims to reach phase 5, the final phase of reopening.