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Mar 15, 2020

Coronavirus Resources & Updates for Kelowna Chamber Members

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19,  a global pandemic.

While the risk to the general public in BC and the Okanagan remains low, we are already seeing the significant impact this event is having on our daily lives and our business communities. We must all do our part now to protect our loved ones, neighbours and communities from the health and economic risks we are currently facing.

We'll keep our members updated via this page and on our social media channels. We strongly urge all our members to stay up to date on the recommendations of our health authorities and the local, provincial and national authorities. 

Information for your health:

Resources for Businesses:


Here are some additional ways you can take positive action in your community right now:

  • Prepare your businesses/offices - We've included several resources for preparing your businesses, which we strongly urge our members to take seriously. Consider setting up as many staff as possible to work from home now. Avoid handshaking and engaging in other activites that can spread germs. Wash your hands frequently, cough into your arm and keep all surfaces as clean as possible. 
     
  • Keep supporting local organizations/businesses - Whether it is your local associations, such as the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, or your local gym membership, please do not cancel your memberships. We will get past this but many non-profits, community organizations and small businesses cannot survive if we don't support them. We want these organizations and businesses to exist when this crisis passes. 
     
  • Shop local - we strongly urge our members to heed the authorities' advice and limit your exposure to others. However, support your local businesses and vendors as much as possible. Even many small businesses offer online and delivery options. 

Please keep checking back to this page frequently for further updates. Let's stay stronger together!