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Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce calls for support and compassion during the pandemic

‘We know when we work together, we are better together and we will all get through this’
The Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce is reminding Chilliwack businesses that they’re ‘Better Together’ calling for support and compassion to be shown during the pandemic. (Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce)

Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce is calling for compassion and support to be shown to local businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

“The reality is that the pandemic has finally hit Chilliwack,” according to a news release from executive director Leanna Kemp on behalf of the Chilliwack Chamber on Nov. 4.

It’s starting to be seen in businesses, in schools, in sports and in the community in what B.C. health officials have acknowledged is the ‘second wave’ of COVID-19.

“There is no time like the present to be kind, compassionate and supportive to those around us,” the Chamber release said. “We are all human and we are all affected by this pandemic in some way, some worse than others.”

The reality is that the pandemic could hit any business, organization or individual in Chilliwack.

“Six months ago when this started, we stood together, we applauded the efforts of businesses and individuals as they made quick changes to adapt to the changing environments,” the release continued. “We saw volunteerism and kindness efforts kick up a notch. We stood together and flattened the curve. We know when we work together, we are better together and we will all get through this.”

The hashtag they’re still using to promote Chamber unity: #chilliwacktogether

A reminder of the recommended protocols:

• Keep gatherings in private homes and backyards to household

• Ask any house guests or place of work visitors if they are experiencing symptoms

• Make sure guests have a place to wash their hands

• Avoid physical contact

• Visit in large, well ventilated rooms

• Wear a mask to protect those around you

• Practise social/physical distancing when in public

• Follow protocols out of respect for others not because you are being ‘told’ what to do

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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