Vancouver Sun: COVID-19: B.C. unveils plan to start relaxing pandemic restrictions in mid-May

May 7, 2020
Colin Wong

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Reaction to the plan appeared largely positive.

“I think the plan is pretty sound,” said Jock Finlayson, executive vice-president of the B.C. Business Council.

“We’re not going back to the kind of economy and system of business operations that we had in place Jan. 31. We’re only going part way back. And the new normal for a lot of businesses is going to look somewhat different.”

Finlayson said higher operating costs for safety gear and fewer customers due to social distancing will mean less revenue for businesses already stretched close to financial ruin. It’s particularly important for the B.C. government to find ways to reduce taxes and regulatory costs on businesses during the recovery, he added.

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