As Kamloops businesses open up, many worry about the increased risk of infection with COVID-19. However, there are ways that we can open our city safely, but we need everyone’s help. How can you help #OpenWithCare?
Wear A Mask To Help Out
Studies have shown that wearing masks in public can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. According to the Government of Canada website, wearing a non-medical mask or face-covering is recommended in crowded public settings such as stores, shopping areas, and public transportation. You’ll know your face mask or face covering is effective if it allows for easy breathing, fits securely to the head, and is made of at least 2 layers of tightly-woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen). If your mask becomes damp or dirty, change it out for a new one as soon as possible. If it’s a cloth mask, wash it. Your mask should be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment, as touching your face increases your chance of contracting COVID-19.
Never share your mask with others. Never place a mask on anyone under two years of age, on someone who is unable to remove it themselves, or who has trouble breathing. Your mask should not impair your vision. It should also not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials, or anything that might fall apart easily, like tape. Masks with exhalation valves are not recommended, because they don’t protect others from COVID-19 and don’t limit the spread of the virus.
Sanitize To Help Out
Hand washing is the most effective way to limit the spread of any virus or bacteria. If you are unable to wash your hands, however, sanitizing them is the next best option. Hand sanitizer is convenient, effective, and can be found at most drug stores. As part of the province’s reopening plan, most businesses have hand sanitizer available to customers. It’s also a good idea to keep a small bottle on your person or in your vehicle.
Social Distance To Help Out
When in public spaces, stay 6ft or 2m from those around you. This is because if someone near you has the virus, droplets from their nose or mouth are not likely to travel this distance when they speak or cough. It is still a good idea to wear a mask even if you are socially distancing because it further reduces the spread of droplets. If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into your elbow, not into your hand.
We are currently in Phase 3 of BC’s reopening plan. As such, according to the Government of BC website, the recommended maximum number of people at a gathering is six. However, even in small groups, social distancing is still encouraged. Avoid touching others whenever possible and remember to wash your hands or sanitize after you do so.
Support Kamloops To Help Out
This has been a difficult time for people and businesses everywhere. The impacts of the pandemic on our economy are still being measured, but are expected to be severe. To help mitigate the impact, it’s a good idea to shop at Kamloops owned and operated businesses. These small businesses have been hit the hardest by the pandemic and need our support the most. Try to eat at a local restaurant once a week, or, even better, order takeout from them and enjoy your food from the safety of your own home. Buy coffee from your local coffee shop instead of a chain. If you have extra funds, consider donating them. Charities like the Kamloops Food Bank, the BCSPCA, and others are particularly vulnerable during these uncertain times. Doing these small things can make a huge difference in helping our city, province, and country get back on its feet.
Be Kind To Help Out
In this trying time, many individuals feel stressed about the future and about the current situation. It is more important than ever to be kind to and understanding of those around us. As our provincial health officer, Dr. Bonny Henry, says, “Be kind. Be calm. Be safe.” These lessons are among the most important ones we can learn from her. It may be difficult to follow them as the pandemic stretches on with no end in sight, but they are vitally important. If you feel you need to speak to a counsellor, there are many free online resources available to those struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.
Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and help our economy survive, but everyone needs to do their part. For more information about BC’s response to the pandemic, visit the BC Government’s COVID-19 response website at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support. For more information about Canada’s response to the pandemic, go to www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse.html. And for more about business reopening in Kamloops, visit Downtown Kamloops’s #OpenWithCare page at www.downtownkamloops.com/open-with-care/.
Finally, ride-hailing is coming to Kamloops! KABU, a Richmond-based ride-hailing company launched in Kamloops on July 1st. They are partnering with the local tour and shuttle company TasteFull Excursions to provide service to Kamloops and the surrounding area, including Sun Peaks. This comes as exciting news for Kamloops residents. As the economy reopens and business picks up downtown and across the city, it seems the perfect time to launch this new venture.
At the moment, KABU’s hours are limited as the service starts up, as is their fleet. However, the company plans on expanding soon to 24-hour service, seven days a week. For now, they are running seven days a week from 6am to 11am, and until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
KABU’s app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. To hail a ride, one must simply download the app. KABU is also able to accommodate a variety of needs, and different sizes of parties. Their drivers are required to have a Class 1, Class 2, or Class 4 license, and are also required to obtain their own business license. According to their website, “drivers keep 80 percent of their revenues … and full-time drivers qualify for subsidized health, dental, disability, and illness coverage, along with a free $250,000 life insurance policy.”
Kamloops is beginning to come to life once more now that summer is here and with BC emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are eager to explore the city, and KABU is certain to help with this. It’s also exciting that KABU is a BC-based company, meaning that its users are giving back to their province’s economy.
For more information about KABU and its services, or to apply to drive for them, visit www.kabu.ca
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? A CAP TEAM ALUMNI SERIES
Today we have an interview with past Cappie, Rory McKerchar!
What year were you a CAP Team Member?
- I was a CAP Team member over the Summer of 2013
Tell us about your career path since leaving the CAP Team
- I worked on the CAP team the summer before starting my Bachelor of Science at Thompson Rivers University. Since leaving the CAP team I completed my B.Sc. in Chemical Biology and worked for a couple of years in Kamloops. During that time, I worked teaching chemistry labs at TRU, as a youth worker for the Boys and Girls Club, and as a lab technician at ALS Metallurgy. This year I started my first year of medical school at the University of British Columbia.
What were your career goals when you started with the CAP Team?
- When I started with the CAP team, I was not 100% sure of what I wanted to do. I had not started university yet, but I was planning on doing a year of sciences at TRU before switching into the nursing program.
How do you feel your experience on the CAP Team helped you achieve your goals?
- The CAP team was a great summer job for me. I think it looked good for my job and school applications, while also providing me with some great talking points for job interviews etc. Besides this, working on the CAP team was a lot of fun. It was great working outside for the summer and it was an excellent opportunity to get outside, meet visitors to Kamloops’ Downtown
What was the most valuable skill learned on the job?
- While working as part of the CAP team I believe I developed great customer service and communication skills. Prior to my role on the CAP team, I had never worked in an environment where those skills were requirements. In retrospect, I am very thankful for the experience, as those skills have been very helpful in other workplaces, I have been apart of as well as in the university environment.
What was your favourite part of the program?
- My favourite part of the program was the opportunity to work outside during the summer. There is always a lot going on downtown in Kamloops during the summer and it was fun being a part of a lot of it. I also really enjoyed the biking and walking patrols, helping organize events, and talking to visitors to Kamloops.
What kind of unique experiences do you have?
- A unique experience I had while working for the CAP team was meeting Justin Trudeau at Riverside Park a few years before he became Prime Minister in 2015.
What was your favorite event that Downtown Kamloops organized?
- My favourite event organized by Downtown Kamloops was the Taste of Downtown event.
What is your favorite store in downtown?
- My favourite place downtown is Motivo! Great coffee and great pie!
Did you use to work for the CAP Team? Interested in having a feature for our alumni series? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be involved! For more of the Where Are They Now Series, go to www.downtownkamloops.com/news-and-blog-downtown-kamloops/where-are-they-now/.
The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association would like feedback from Downtown Businesses on proposed street closures. Please take two minutes to give your feedback.
Recently there have been reports of conversations regarding the potential short term or intermittent closure of Victoria Street. The goal would be to encourage consumers to return to our Downtown while affording the space intended to support safe physical distancing.
We are reaching out to you asking for your feedback regarding this matter.
This form is currently closed for submissions.
The Open With Care campaign is part of a strategy supported by BIA’s across the province. This campaign is intended to inspire businesses to open safely and is designed for organizations within the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association area.
While we are extremely excited that Downtown Kamloops is finally getting back to business, we understand that consumers may be hesitant to go back to normal. BIA’s throughout the province are introducing Open With Care campaigns. These initiatives are intended to inspire businesses to re-open in a safe, healthy, and compliant manner in order to support consumer confidence. Businesses in the Downtown Kamloops are taking responsible steps and following WorkSafeBC regulations to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
It is crucial for our business leaders to reassure their customers that it’s safe to do business with them.
Open With Care campaign objectives:
- Create a safe atmosphere
- Support local businesses in line with the #ykastrong support local campaign
- Share a consistent message across the City and Province of BC
- Prepare the public to be “good consumers”; to shop, live, play, eat, and art with care
- Provide our members with the tools to Open With Care
- Remind all that Downtown is resilient, alive, and cares about its customers
Kamloops residents can share what they are doing to support local businesses by using the hashtags #openwithcare #ykastrong #dtkcares #downtowntogo on social media.
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Extended patios to sweep Downtown Kamloops! As restrictions lift across B.C., more and more Kamloops businesses are expanding their patios. They hope that more outdoor seating will bring customers to the downtown area while still letting them maintain a safe social distance. Many restaurants, cafes, and retail stores have already applied to the City of Kamloops for this expansion. The Vic Cafe at 377 Victoria Street was the first business to open its expanded patio earlier this month.
As part of its Open with Care campaign, the KCBIA wants to help businesses extend their patios. The Open with Care campaign is part of a strategy supported by BIA’s across the province intended to help businesses to open safely. It is designed for organizations within the KCBIA area. Read more at www.downtownkamloops.com/open-with-care/
Other businesses with plans to expand their patios include Dorian Greek House, Motivo, and Blue Sky Clothing. However, many others are soon to join them. We’re excited to see more patios popping up in our downtown as we enter the summer season. Kamloops residents are eager to enjoy the summer weather, so this development is sure to bring business to the downtown area. We can’t wait to see you this summer!
We encourage businesses with an interest in extended patios to email Christine Beaton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms are also available from the City of Kamloops.
For more information please visit www.kamloops.ca/sites/default/files/docs/homes-businesses/outdoorpatioguidelines.pdf