Re: (‘A call for City of Kamloops to even pandemic-relief playing field,” April 28):
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.
Editor’s note: Kamloops council is scheduled to discuss this matter at its May 18 meeting.