Prince George businesses are likely to experience an economic hit as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world.
As of today (March 16), there are 103 confirmed cases in B.C. with only two within the Northern Health Authority and three new deaths, all in a care centre in the lower mainland.
The Prince George Chamber of Commerce (PGCC) says it's closing its doors to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, but will work remotely to help its members get through these unusual times.
PGCC has set up a page dedicated to providing local businesses with information and updates as well as tips on how to be prepared for the pandemic’s long-term effects.
“The [Prince George Chamber] has many resources available and will continue to update members on opportunities to increase their safety and mitigate challenges,” said CEO Todd Corrigall in a social media post earlier today.
Here are some quick tips. The @PGChamber1 is working with our team, Board, and other Provincial and National partners to develop mitigation opportunities for our members. Remember, it is most important to stay safe and #shoplocal #CityofPG pic.twitter.com/sBii7PJ5ME— Todd C (@PGChamberCEO) March 15, 2020
This includes a checklist to help employees, the workplace and how to properly communicate internally and externally during this time.
It also suggests a disaster recovery plan to keep continuity even after the pandemic simmers down.
More information and links are available on the PGCC’s COVID-19 page via its website.
PrinceGeorgeMatters will continue to update a running list of postponements and cancellations in Prince George as they progress.