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CFIB urging provincial government to 'get the vaccine rollout right'

Local businesses are being hit again by government restrictions -- but there may be some hope
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Local businesses are rolling back services once again to follow the latest set of stay-at-home orders coming from the provincial government.

Ryan Mallough from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) told KitchenerToday with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS it is good to see that the government will be restricting big box stores as well.

"Practically, on the ground, this would have been more meaningful during the holiday season, if we could have not funnelled everyone into the Walmarts and the Costcos. I think from a revenue standpoint, it will certainly be less meaningful. But from a fairness side, it is certainly good to see the government finally getting around to it."

He said local businesses are hoping everything is being done to make sure they don't have to close their doors again.

"What we're looking for the government to do is two-fold. One, let's leverage the rapid-testing technology that we have now and didn't have a year ago. Start using that to keep some businesses open. In particular, the businesses that are by appointment where you can test the business owner, the hairdresser and the client to make sure that they've tested negative and are in the clear."

Mallough said it's time for the provincial government to get the vaccine rollout right.

"We know there are certain sectors or certain parts of our communities or regions that are seeing higher-than-average cases or driving the spread. Let's get those people vaccinated. It's not just the places they work at that will be better off for not having outbreaks -- but the whole province will be better off."

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