Letter: City of Kamloops needs to step up and help other businesses

Editor:

Re: (‘A call for City of Kamloops to even pandemic-relief playing field,” April 28):

article continues below

Restaurants downtown have been given much support by the city during the pandemic via help with expanded patios.

Although they need the support and extending their patios so they can continue to operate was a great idea, where’s the fairness for other businesses that are in desperate need of help?

As I walked downtown for the first time in a while, I noticed all the pavers that have been installed. Good for those businesses, but what about others?

The cost of installing all of these came at a price and I’m sure it was not paid for by those restaurants. This is the city showing support, but again, where’s the even playing field?

Yoga studios, spin class businesses and other fitness programs have been given the order to close their doors for now.

There are numerous parks around town that would make a perfect spot for outdoor classes, so why haven’t they been given this option without additional costs?

Most of these parks are not being used and sit empty. These small businesses are just trying to stay afloat and support their communities. The provincial government has stepped up again with the circuit breaker assistance, but the city also needs to step it up.

Susan Golding

Kamloops

Editor’s note: Kamloops council is scheduled to discuss this matter at its May 18 meeting.

© Kamloops This Week

 


KAMLOOPS WEATHER

Question of the Week POLL

How often to do use either library in Kamloops via in-person visits to the locations?

or  view results

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar

Help Us Help Kamloops. Support Local Media.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. Kamloops This Week has always been a free product and will continue to be free. This is a means for those who can afford to support local media to help ensure those who can’t afford to can get access to trusted local information. You can make a one-time or a monthly donation of any amount and cancel at any time .

NEW: For every donation of $25 or greater, we will offer a digital advertising package to the local non-profit group of your choice.

Click on https://support.kamloopsthisweek.com for more information or to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your support.