SURREY BUSINESS NEWS: Surrey Board of Trade Prioritizes Safety

–        Office Re-Opens to in-person service on July 5

–        In-Person events to take place in Phase 4 (September)

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to announce the safe re-opening of the Surrey Board of Trade office (#101, 14439-104 Avenue) on July 5 from 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Further, while restrictions are easing in accordance with the BC Government re-opening plan, the Surrey Board of Trade has made the considered decision to value the safety of our members and wait until after Phase 4 or until a greater number of individuals have been reported as having had access to their 2nd vaccination for in-person events with gatherings.

“It is important to recognize that we want the economy to recover, but we must do so safely,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “Just because you have had one vaccination doesn’t mean that you can return to pre-pandemic normality.”

“We do have our sold-out golf tournament taking place on August 12 at Morgan Creek Golf Course – but as an outdoor event in small groups, following all health and safety protocols as we did last year, we will be ensuring a successful implementation of this popular business event that raises funds for the Surrey Board of Trade Youth Entrepreneur Programs.”

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Surrey Board of Trade has continued to serve our members and Surrey’s business community in the delivery of our diversified service portfolio of business & international trade development/documentation, events, government advocacy, workforce support and economic development. Beyond this, we deployed ground-zero principles, reaching out to businesses of all sizes and industries through BC’s only Pandemic Rapid Response Business Centre.”

The Surrey Board of Trade restart plan has been composed in accordance with WorkSafeBC guidelines. Further, the Surrey Board of Trade has committed to the federal government’s POST Promise which signifies a commitment to implement and practice 5 key steps to workplace safety – still important for the rest of 2021 – to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. It is supported by many of the largest associations in Canada, including the Surrey Board of Trade. The objective is to have businesses across the country take part in a collective solution to help Canadians confidently and safely take the first steps back into public spaces and workplaces, which includes:

·       Maintaining physical distance

·       Washing and sanitizing hands

·       Cleaning and disinfecting regularly

·       Staying home if unwell and self-monitoring for symptoms

·       Practicing respiratory etiquette (including wearing a mask when physical distancing is difficult)

SBOT Restart Plan

“We look forward, even in the face of constant change, to ensuring that Surrey is an opportunity city.”