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Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – August 18, 2020

Stony Plain Road & Area Business Improvement Area (SPRBIA) is seeking new Board members for the 2021 year.

Stony Plain Road & Area BIA was established in 2005 and focuses on the beautification and marketing of the area. We work to develop and coordinate marketing, promotions, special events, street beautification, safety and security, and place making all through the lens of economic development. We serve as a united voice for businesses in Edmonton’s west end along the Stony Plain Road corridor. As a not-for-profit organization, the BIA is funded entirely by commercial property owners and businesses through a BIA tax levy.

The SPRBIA Board of Directors actively works to build a unique, diverse and resilient local economy along Stony Plain Road between 140 to 170 Street. In 2019, a new Executive Director was hired and the Board embarked upon a branding exercise to reflect our authentic and evolving business district. The Board is seeking individuals to be part of the economic development, community-building, and place-branding done on behalf of and for businesses in Edmonton’s west end. 

Business leaders with interest, experience, and skills in governance, planning, and urban development are encouraged to apply for the Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position and Board Members are not financially compensated. The Board meets ten times annually for about 20 hours a year for meetings and  preparation time. Board members serve a one year term with the possibility of renewal. Owning or working for a member organization with the SPRBIA catchment is required.

Please reach out to the SPRBIA at stonyplainbrz@gmail.com with your expression of interest to serve on the Board no later than 04 September 2020. 

The SPRBIA membership can elect up to 15 Directors for those who meet the expectations of the role and responsibilities. Board Members can be property owners, business tenants, or an authorized representative of an SPRBIA member. All candidates are required to meet with a member of the Executive Committee and the SPRBIA Executive Director as well as complete a nomination package to be eligible for election.

Questions: Contact our Executive Director, Todd Janes at 780-477-5169.


Utilities Consumer Advocate, Service Alberta 

The Utilities Consumer Advocate page that is a division of the Government of Alberta has reached out to us, to let you know about some business resources. 

Business Utilities Payment Options

Free Mediation Help to Resolve the Issues with Utility Providers 

Free Utility Cost Comparison Online Tool 

Small Business Utility Tools 


Keeping People Safe in Your Place of Business

Here are some tips from the Government of Alberta on keeping people safe as a business.

Conduct a hazard assessment to identify existing any potential hazards related to COVID-19. 

Hazard Assessment

Use Health Canada approved hard surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers for use against COVID-19 (search products by DIN number) 

Canada Approved Disinfectants  

Canada Approved Hand Sanitizers

Here is a resource to identify businesses selling and buying personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Organizations Buying and Selling PPE


COVID-19 Cases On the Rise in Edmonton

If you have symptoms of known exposure to COVID-19, you must stay home and book your test with AHS. 

Book a testing appointment online with the AHS assessment tool or call Health Link: 811. 

Online Assessment 

Visit a Participating Pharmacy

Pharmacies can now choose to provide testing to people who have no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19. 

Contact a participating pharmacy to arrange a test. To see if your local pharmacy offers testing, visit Alberta Blue Cross. 


Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – August 4, 2020

Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge

You may have noticed some buzz around social media regarding out Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge! Beginning on August 5, at 10 a.m, our newest shop local campaign will test the knowledge of participants on Instagram (stonyplainbroadbia) and Facebook (stonyplainroad). A variety of businesses in the Stony Plain Road & Area have partnered with us to bring fantastic prizes to those who choose to participate in the challenge! Every second day a challenge will be issued and a prize will be drawn for the previous challenge. This will amount to 10 challenge prizes and one grand prize that will be given away on August 24th! 

Keep your eyes on our social media to see what sort of prizes will be up for grabs! Could it be a gift card to your favourite restaurant? A selected item from your local specialty store? Stay tuned! Please feel free to share our contest with your customers, and if your business would like to donate an item to contribute for the grand prize draw, please contact Jane at shoplocal.spr@gmail.com.


Our Executive Director Speaks on Mandatory Mask Bylaw

Our Executive Director, Todd Janes, recently spoke with CBC Edmonton about the new mandatory mask Bylaw in Edmonton. Check it out here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-city-council-covid-19-1.5671230  


City of Edmonton Face Mask Toolkit

On July 19, 2020, City Council passed Bylaw 19408, Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw. As a result:

Effective August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces and public vehicles. This applies to the publicity accessible areas of businesses/retail and includes transit, transit centres, LRT platforms and vehicles for hire. 

The City of Edmonton has put together a toolkit to help answer questions that people may have. 

https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/documents/COVID19-Face-Covering-Bylaw-External-Tool-Kit.pdf 


Face Masks on SPR 

Beginning August 1, masks will be mandatory in all public buildings and public vehicles in Edmonton.

If you’re looking for a mask on SPR (Stony Plain Road) check out Derks Uniforms Edmonton West location (10120 151 St) or One Stop Biker Shop (10007 167 St). Call ahead to see if there are masks in stock.

In addition to Derks & One Stop Biker shop, the Institute Of Nail Technology is also selling PPE on their website: https://intnails.com/collections/new-products

BeHealthy Pharmacy has face masks in stock as well. They are also providing free masks for those who cannot afford them or, have chronic medical conditions.

Dollarama also carries PPE online at:
https://www.dollarama.com/…/depa…/health-and-beauty/pharmacy

Our two locations at Jasper Gates 15061A Stony Plain Road & 350 Mayfield Common may also have some in stock. Please call to confirm.

If you are an Edmonton business that has struggled through the pandemic and is having trouble purchasing PPE for your business, apply for the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant here: https://www.edmonton.ca/…/f…/individual-business-grants.aspx

If your business on Stony Plain Road is selling face masks and would like to be featured on our list, please contact communications.spr@gmail.com 


City of Edmonton Patio Program – Update to Include one Tent and A/V

The City has updated the guidelines for the Temporary Outdoor Patios, Sidewalk Cafes and Retail Space to address two common requests. Generally speaking, the following are now permitted under the Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines:

– One small tent or canopy per patio

– Audio-visual equipment will also be permitted, with the addition of a noise mitigation plan. 

The updated guidelines include descriptions of what is permitted, for instance the size and materials of the tent and the placement of audio-visual equipment. Guidelines are found here.

Being a good neighbour – Noise Mitigation

The temporary patio program is based on mutual trust, respect, and accountability between businesses, the City, and the public. We are asking businesses who will be using audio-visual equipment (ex. TVs, speakers) on their temporary patios to provide a noise mitigation plan. This will explain exactly how they will be keeping noise to a minimum and being a good neighbour. Noise mitigation plan should answer the following questions: 

– How will sound be managed at the location? Who will be responsible for noise levels?  For example: security staff or a manager on site will conduct periodic walkthroughs of the patio to assess noise levels, and if necessary, remind patrons to keep noise to a minimum.

– How late into the evening will it remain open? How many speakers are present, and where are they located? Consider your patio hours of operation and how the noise levels will comply with the Community Standards Bylaw 14600, specifically Sections 14, & 19-22. Are patio hours different from the venue (does the patio close at 10 pm and can patrons move indoors?)

– How are you ensuring that your speakers will not interfere with neighbours or traffic? For example, set TV volume to a consistent level, and keep in mind that the volume should be turned down in the evening after 10pm. Speakers and TVs should face inwards, and away from the adjacent roadway.

– How will noise be managed outside the venue and who is responsible to ensure that noise from the venue does not disrupt surrounding properties? For instance, It is a good idea to touch base with neighbours to let them know what will be occurring and if there are concerns to chat with the managers. 

You can send your noise mitigation plan to businessinfo@edmonton.ca, and include your name and your business name. We will not be reviewing or approving these plans, but will keep them on file should any complaints be made.


Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – July 21, 2020

How Café Neo Hopes to Build a Sense of Community During COVID-19 

Café Neo opened in late June of 2020 in Revolution Square on Stony Plain Road (10062R 151St NW). The little coffee shop is managed by Zana and Antonio, both of whom love coffee and people and cannot wait to meet more of the surrounding community. Their passion is to create a space where people feel welcome, loved, creative ad open for genuine connection. The idea behind creating Café Neo emerged out of passion for creating a positive customer experience. The Neo brand is rooted in the making of high quality beverages, started by their sister company, Neo Juicery. At Café Neo, they offer a selection of fresh cold pressed juices, tasty snacks and sandwiches that complement their core product: coffee! 

“Our sister company, Neo Juicery, made plans to set up a shop in this building and as a brand, we felt like we needed to create a new place to build community in the area around Revolution Square,” Zana tells us, “A coffeehouse is the best way we felt we could do that.” 

Café Neo combines the freshness and vibrancy of the Neo brand with a welcoming and positive atmosphere for their neighbours and community to relax in. Both Café Neo and Neo Juicery are developed and owned by local entrepreneur, Ala, Kareema, Daniel and Jonathan. Neo Juicery was established in 2017 and has been serving Edmontonians with fresh cold-pressed plant-based beverages ever since. Through the Neo brand, they as a team, wanted to create a new experience for customers, so they dreamt up Café Neo. Both are located in the same building, opposite of each other, with a shared food development space in the middle that serves the production of Neo Juicery’s products and the catering of all of Café Neo’s foods, drinks, and snacks. 

The inspiration for Café Neo, both in brand and in atmosphere, came from the roots of traditional coffee experienced in the Middle East. They aspired to take that warm, traditional and authentic coffee experience and modernize it to fit the area and clientele around Revolution Square. With that, a pop of colour was added in the space, along with a delectable menu of fresh and exciting new beverages, and an authentic coffee menu to inspire even the most selective coffee connoisseurs. 

“We believe Café Neo is a unique business in Edmonton because we combine our passion for food, coffee and people with a deep desire to build and grow beyond the boundaries of our space,” states Zana, “When you walk into Café Neo, you’re not just walking in to grab a coffee; you’re walking into a family of dedicated entrepreneurs that want Café Neo to be your daily fuel stop.” 

In the case of opening the business during the pandemic, the Café believes they have been exceptionally lucky to have been at the tail end of setting up things when COVID-19 hit Edmonton hard. It did delay them, but they hadn’t yet opened their doors which was for the best. Not having opened yet bought them some time to adjust their business plan and reconfigure how they would do things. 

“COVID-19 definitely reduced our capacity to offer the full vision behind Café Neo, due to space and size restrictions, and concerns around customer safety,” says Zana, “That being said, Edmontonians really have stuck together during this time, and we have experiences a lot of patience, kindness and support from the community around us as we stumble sometimes to make things work.” 

Some precautions that Café Neo has taken include reducing their menu offerings to take-out friendly options and have only been offering foods and beverages in take-out containers. They have also reduced seating capacity and adjusted how they configured space to allow for ample room between tables and chairs for social distancing. In addition to this the business has also amplified their sanitation procedures and added safety tools such as social distancing stickers, maks and gloves for staff, and a sanitation station at the entrance and exit. 

The next time you’re craving a coffee or juice, stop by and try Café Neo, they love hearing feedback on how they can improve and create what people want in the area.

Visit them on Facebook for more info and to stay up to date! 

If you would like to see your Stony Plain Road & Area business featured on our blog, please contact communications.spr@gmail.com


Symptoms and Testing: COVID-19 

Who can be tested? 

Any person who wants to be tested, can now be tested, even if they do not have symptoms. 

The following groups will continue to receive priority: 

– Any person exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19 

– All close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases 

– All workers and/or residents at specific outbreak sites

– All workers and/or residents at long-term care and level 4 supportive living facilities 

– All patients admitted to continuing care and hospital settings. 

Click here for a COVID-19 Assessment Flowchart

Click here to book a COVID-19 Test


Canada to Go

10 students from UBC (University of British Columbia) have put together a resource listing businesses from all over Canada. The website contains a simple list of local restaurants, cafes, and breweries, which are currently open to serve us, with their updated operating hours and offerings. They are hoping that this will allow customers to see what options still exist for them while providing some support for local restaurants who are operating with severe resource constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So far, the website has over 1000 businesses spanning from Vancouver to Halifax. An area on this resource that is lacking is the listing of Stony Plain Road & Area businesses. We encourage businesses in the area to post their information on the site so more people can reach you. You can list your businesses and find out more here: https://www.canadatogo.ca/  


Quick Reference Resources for Businesses

Alberta Biz Connect – Biz Connect provides workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely. 

Visit Biz Connect here

Business Licence Fee Reduction – To help businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation, the City is offering a 50 percent business licence fee reduction upon request for businesses that renew or apply for a new business licence between June 1 and December 31, 2020. To request the fee reduction, please renew or apply for your new licence by calling 780.442.5311 or emailing businesslicenseapplications@edmonton.ca 

One-on-One Support for Edmonton Businesses – Do you have questions about the City of Edmonton or supports available to your business? Email businessinfo@edmonton.ca and they’ll do their best to assist you. 

Personal Protective Equipment for Businesses – The City has developed this list for local businesses that may need personal protective equipment (PPE) 

The list can be found here

Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant – The Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50 percent, as a result of COVID-19. 

The Government of Alberta has committed up to $200 million in funding for this program. 

Applications will remain open until August 31, or for 4 weeks following the start of phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. 

More info 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – This wage subsidy will enable you to rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis. On July 17, 2020 the government proposed changes to CEWS including the extension of CEWS until Dec 19, 2020. 

Learn more here.


 Engagement Assistant Reaching Out to SPR Businesses

Stony Plain Road & Area businesses will be hearing from our new Engagement Assistant, Leo, in the upcoming days and weeks to get some updated information on your businesses. To ensure that our directories are up to date and make sure everything is in order Leo will be doing his best to reach every one of you! Please give him a warm welcome to the BIA when he reaches out! 


The Stony Plain Road & Area BIA (Business Improvement Area) is Looking for Participation From Businesses for a Scavenger Hunt! 

This summer the Stony Plain Road and Area BIA is launching a shop local initiative to encourage our community members to engage and explore the businesses within our district. We are currently planning a digital initiative with the working title “Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge” on our social media channels that will allow the community to learn about our district, explore the area, and support our businesses while staying safe during the ongoing concerns of COVID-19. Our tentative dates for this challenge are August 7th to 21st.

What It Is:

– Each day we will post a question about a landmark, historical fact, or business in the BIA on our various social media channels  

– Participants who answer correctly will be entered into a daily draw to win a certificate / gift card or prize package to a local business for a minimum of $25.

– If they visit a location specified in the post and post a photo at the location to their social media, they receive an additional entry to the daily draw. 

– Those who participate each day of the scavenger hunt are entered to win a grand prize of products and gift cards / certificates to local businesses valued at a minimum of $250.

We are looking for participation from our businesses in three areas:

– We are looking to feature a variety of diverse businesses with interesting facts about their products or services or in a building with a recognizable landmark. The facts or landmark can be widely known, as we are looking for a range of difficulty in our questions. 

– We will be purchasing the certificates / gift cards, prize packages from our local businesses for each of the daily prizes and are looking for at least ten businesses that are willing to match our contribution for the grand prize through donation of a product, service, or certificate. 

– We are also asking willing businesses to promote the initiative on their social media channels to increase participation and awareness.

Reasons to participate:

– Participating businesses will receive business exposure and promotion through our social media as well as any other channels that share the initiative.

– We will attach your logo and business information on our promotional materials posted on our website and social media. 

– Winners of prizes will have the opportunity to try your products. The goal of the grand prize is to provide community members with the opportunity to try a range of products and services in our BIA that they may not have been aware of.

Please fill out this google form if you are interested in partnering with us for this initiative: https://forms.gle/zvudsGAVbvZts1TF9

Please contact Jane at shoplocal.spr@gmail.com if you have any inquiries. 


Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – July 7, 2020

Jasmine Nails and Lash Bar Opens Amid Alberta’s Phase 2 Relaunch 

On Monday, June 29, 2020, Jasmine Nails and Lash Bar Opened its location on 14917 Stony Plain Road. According to owner, Ada, the location is a beauty salon that specializes in nails and eyelash extensions. Jasmine Nails and Lash Bar is built around a modern concept and design with a focus on customer comfort and confidence. 

Ada tells us that she has been in the beauty industry for as long as she could remember and has owned two beauty salons before this one. The business offers a wide range of services that can be found on their website. They offer manis, pedis, acrylics, eyelash extensions, waxing and much more! 

The goal of the salon is to offer a nice and relaxing environment where customers of all ages can come in and relax after a long day. The location are licenced to serve alcoholic beverages so clients can enjoy a refreshment while getting their hands/feet done. This is also perfect for any customers who want to bring in their wedding party for a private group booking. 

Jasmine Nails and Lash bar prides itself in a clean environment and they follow very strict sanitary procedures. 

“The numerous amount of plants help absorb some of the toxins in the air that can arise from the chemicals in nail products,” Ada tells us. 

The salon was in the midst of renovating when COVID-19 was established in Edmonton, so an executive decision was made to take small steps in opening for business. Due to the pandemic, the business drastically reduced the number of appointments they take. 

“It is a difficult time for small/new businesses, however we are doing the best we can,” states Ada, “I am very grateful for any support we receive.” 

With everything that is going on around the world, the salon is very cautious about how they operate. They have reduced their occupancy capacity to a maximum of only two clients and 2-3 staff members. Clients are not to bring in any guests to ensure that social distancing can be maintained within the salon. 

“Supporting small businesses is especially crucial during this time because many of us are struggling to keep afloat,” says Ada, “Small businesses build close ties with their clients and bring character to the community and by supporting your local business you are putting that money back into your community.” 

Jasmine Nails and Lash Bar is currently hiring nail techs and lash techs! Please email Ada at jasminenailslashbar@gmail.com for more information! 

For more info on the salon please visit their website

Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date and to enter their occasional giveaway! 

You can also check out a TikTok featuring the salon here!

If you are interested in having your SPR business profiled for our blog, please contact communications.spr@gmail.com.. 


Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant 

The Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50 per cent, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Government of Alberta has committed up to $200 million in funding for this program. 

Applications will remain open until August 31, or for 4 weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. 

For more information: Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant or PDF


Alberta Biz Connect 

Biz Connect provides workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely. 

Check out Biz Connect


Mandatory Isolation

Albertans are legally required to isolate for: 

– 14 days if they returned to or entered Alberta from outside Canada or if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 

– 10 days if they have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition; cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat. 

If you have symptoms, take the online assessment to arrange testing.

Alberta is also testing anyone who wants to be tested.

How to Isolate: 

– Stay home – do not leave your home or attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings. 

– Avoid close contact with people in your household, especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems

– You are prohibited from taking public transportation like buses, taxis or ride-sharing.

– Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory isolation. 

– You can get fresh air in your backyard if you have one, but you must remain on private property not accessible by others. 

– If you live in an apartment building or highrise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairways to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least 2 metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony. 


Business Licence Fee Reduction

To help support businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation, the City is offering a 50 percent business licence fee reduction upon request for businesses that renew or apply for a new business licence between June 1 and December 31, 2020. To request the fee reduction, please renew or apply for your new licence by calling 780.442.5311 or emailing businesslicenceapplications@edmonton.ca..



One-On-One Support for Edmonton Businesses

Do you have questions about the City of Edmonton or supports available to you? Email businessinfo@edmonton.ca and they’ll do their best to assist you! 


Personal Protective Equipment for Businesses 

The City has developed this list for local businesses that may need personal protective equipment (PPE) 

This list can be found here: List of PPE Suppliers


Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 23, 2020

Although we are currently in Phase 2 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy, it is important that we remember that the COVID-19 virus is not gone. Please continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene and continue to wear masks for the safety of yourself and those around you.


City of Edmonton – Economic Recovery Grant 

The City of Edmonton has launched the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant. This grant is available in two streams and is designed to help businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This grant provides local businesses and business organizations with flexible funding in order to relaunch and strengthen their business models. 

Grant Streams: 

1. Grants for Individual Businesses: 

Businesses are able to apply for grants valued at $100, $2500, $5000, depending on circumstances and scale. The intake opens each Monday at 9:00am. Prepare your responses in advance and enter answers. Applications are limited each week. These grants are meant to support immediate need and longer term recovery efforts of businesses. Larger grants will be available in Phase 2 (January 2021) for businesses who have not received funding in Phase 1. 

More information here:
https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/funding_grants/individual-business-grants.aspx

2. Grants for Organizations, Associations, and Groups: 

Does your organization support local businesses and our local economy? You may be eligible for a “Business Association” grant. 

These grants allow for up to $75,000 in matching funds directed towards business associations, organizations, and other groups which support local business, economic development, and play a role in COVID-19 economic recovery.

More information here:
https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/funding_grants/grants-for-organizations.aspx

The City will begin re-accepting applications for both streams on Monday, June 29 at 9:00am. 


Casting Call! Share Your Love for Your Favourite SPR Business! 

Casting agency, Groundglass Casting is currently working on a Visa campaign where everyday people recommend one their favourite Canadian small businesses! 

The company is looking for recommendations for any type of business, from restaurants, to clothing, barber shops, tattoo parlours, yoga studios, etc.

For people interested in applying, they would need to record a quick 15-30 second video recommending one of their favourite small local Canadian (SPR) businesses. If selected, the person (customer) who applies would receive $300, while the business would receive free publicity through Visa! 

This is a great campaign to share with loyal and passionate customers to promote your business! 

Learn more here: 
https://irecommend.castingcrane.com/


CERB Extension! 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks for workers who: 

– Stopped working due to COVID-19 or 

– Are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or

– Have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020. 

Only apply for the CERB through either Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – NOT BOTH. 

You may be eligible for support via other programs as well. Answer some questions to find financial help during COVID-19 here:
https://covid-benefits.alpha.canada.ca/en/start


Bill 23 Commercial Tenancies Protection Act 

Proposed legislation will safeguard businesses from eviction, and more, as Alberta deals with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The act would protect eligible commercial tenants from having their leases terminated due to non-payment of rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If passed, the act would also prevent landlords from raising rent and charging late fees and penalties on missed rent.

The new measures will help address shortfalls in the current Canada Emergency Commercial Rent (CECRA) program, and will give eligible business owners a peace of mind as they reopen and help with the provincial economic recovery. 

More information here:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=72618743EAD85-9C35-EF4B-9D68C122EA1C2DFF#ableg


Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 9, 2020

What to Expect in Alberta’s STAGE 2 Relaunch 

Today, the Premier announced a date for the Province’s move into stage 2 of the relaunch, which will be Friday, June 12, 2020. Stage 2 will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations starting June 12 with 2 metre distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place. 

What can reopen with restrictions? 

– Libraries

– Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture, and reflexology

– Personal services (esthetics, cosmetics, skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, artificial tanning) 

– Movie theatres and theatres

– Community halls

– Team sports

– Indoor recreation, fitness and sports, including gyms and arenas

– Pools for leisure swimming

– VLTs in restaurants and bars

– Bingo halls and casinos (but not table games)

– Instrumental concerts

– Provincial campgrounds at full capacity

Events and gatherings that can be larger in stage 2: 

50 people max: Indoor gatherings, including weddings and funeral receptions, and birthday parties. 

100 people max: Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, including wedding and funeral ceremonies

No cap on the number of people (with health measures in place): 

– Worship gatherings

– Restaurant, Cafés, Lounges and Bars

– Casinos

– Bingo Halls

Still not approved in stage 2: 

– Social gatherings that exceed about listed maximums

– Vocal concerts

– Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts) 

– Nightclubs

– Amusement Parks

– Hookah lounges 

– Major sporting events & tournaments 

– Non-essential travel outside the Province is not recommended – this won’t be lifted until stage 3 of the relaunch strategy

The success of stage 2 will determine when Alberta progresses to stage 3. 


Edmonton Launches First Phase of Recovery Grant Program for Businesses 

Our Executive Director, Todd Janes, spoke with CBC News to discuss Edmonton’s recovery grant program for businesses. Check out the article here:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-city-council-covid-19-1.5603919

More information on how to apply for this grant will be available here in the upcoming days:
https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/funding_grants/edmonton-economic-recovery-grant.aspx


Last Call: COVID-19 Check-In Survey

We appreciate the time that a variety of SPR businesses have taken to complete our survey on the impacts of COVID-19. To get the best possible idea of how we can support businesses as the Province continues its relaunch, we encourage as many businesses as possible to complete this survey. We will also be posting this survey on our social media channels tomorrow, so feel free to share! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZZ2GPDV


Free Masks for Albertans Through McDonalds, Tim Hortons & A&W Drive-Thrus

You can now get 4 free non-medical masks per person at any Alberta McDonalds, A&W and Tim Hortons drive-thru locations. These are available with no purchase necessary, while supplies last. 

If you can’t access a participating drive-thru location, you are encouraged to ask a family member, friend, or neighbour to pick up your four masks. You can also call 211 for help. 

Masks will also be provided to the following groups to distribute to the community: 

– Communities more than 50 km from a drive-thru location

– Long-term care and seniors facilities

– Groups and organizations that support vulnerable Albertans 

– First Nations and Metis settlements communities 

– Edmonton and Calgary (for transit users) 

-Places of worship

Why use a mask?

Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at  all times. 

Wearing a homemade mask or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs. 

Masks should complement, not replace other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick. 


ABTraceTogether App

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the ABTraceTogether mobile app. The mobile app helps to let you know if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you’ve exposed others – while protecting your privacy. 

Quickly identifying and isolating positive cases is an important part of our our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and preventing the spread. The more Albertans who voluntarily download and use the app, the safer we’ll be. 

If you’re exposed to COVID-19, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will use information from the app to contact you on the number you used to register your account. AHS Contact Tracers will tell you about your risk of exposure and the actions you should take. 

If you get COVID-19, you’ll be asked to volunteer your ABTraceTogether logs so other users that you’ve had close contact with can be notified. 


Weekly COVID-19 Update – May 12, 2020

Our Weekly COVID-19 Updates are Moving to Bi-Weekly Updates! 

Over the last few months we have brought you weekly updates, bringing our members the latest from the city and the provincial and federal governments. With the phase one re-launch scheduled for May 14, we will be moving our updates to a bi-weekly posting. Rest assured, we will still bring you the latest information for your businesses! 


A Message From our Executive Director

What a challenging time the past two months have been, as we all have attempted to navigate COVID-19 and the issues surrounding the pandemic. During this time, I had many discussions with members regarding steps to take and what resources are available to businesses. I hope that our Weekly COVID-19 Updates have helped you maneuver ways and ideas to support you, your staff and your customers. 

The Province of Alberta has announced a three-step re-launch plan to being transitions back to normal to attempt to balance economic recovery and the safety of every Albertan. I know this is hard and many people have concerns about if we are moving too fast, while others want things back to where things were yesterday, right now. 

Stony Plain Road & Area BIA will be with you every step of the way as we discover what a new normal will look like. This will be a process that will take time and we also need to be cognizant that there is currently no vaccine for the virus. We will continue to provide you with vetted, verified information as soon as we can. We will also work with you collectively to help build consumer confidence for our area and to market our BIA as a safe, clean and, walkable area to do business and to patronize. I also want to share with you that is as diverse and eclectic as the businesses in our area are, so will be the approaches to the re-launch. We are here to support you in your decisions and to work with you so that you are able to make choices that are best for your business, staff and customers in a safe and transparent way. 

Your choices of when and how to re-open can be assisted by the new Alberta Government website:https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx

This website will provide you guidance on re-opening and some sector specific support and will answer some additional questions you may have on PPEs as well. I ask you to reach out to us and let us know if you are opening soon, waiting a while, or opening with reduced hours and services. 

We are working on a re-launch plan, and hopefully in time, a campaign to welcome back and invite others to promote and support Stony Plain Road & Area that will continue to support your business as we transition. 

Be kind. Be safe. 

Todd Janes

Executive Director


BeHealthy Pharmacy Wants Patients to BeSafe and BeSmart, During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For owners of BeHealthy Pharmacy, Jack and Javed, their key focus is patient care. The pharmacy is proud to be accessible to health care professionals and to be able to provide excellent pharmacy services to their patients. Jack and Javed are both pharmacists with more than 5 years of experience in Alberta, and have been operating BeHealthy Pharmacy, located at 10120 149 St NW, since August of 2019. 


The pharmacy prides itself with always being ready to help their patients with a focus on:


– Seniors


– People with addictions and concerns about their mental health


– Complimentary home-based travel vaccinations


– Complimentary home-based counselling 


– Managing patient’s other health care needs. 


– Offering free medication delivery in Edmonton and greater surrounding areas. 


Since the COVID-19 outbreak BeHealthy Pharmacy has taken the following precautions to stay within the Alberta Government’s guidelines: 


– Designating a quarantine room for patients that are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. This space is in an area of the pharmacy that does not have access to medications and is equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues. 


– Keeping alcohol-based hand sanitizer at each patient contact point in the pharmacy. 


– Implementing the use of transparent, physical barriers such as plexiglass at prescription drop-off and pick up areas.


– Covering whole dispensing area with plastic sheets to protect pharmacy staff and customers. 


– Encouraging physical distancing in the pharmacy by using signage/stickers/tape on the floor to instruct patients to approach the dispensary one at a time and to always leave a 2 meter distance between individuals. 


– Frequently disinfecting surfaces such as debit machines and door handles, all the while changing gloves frequently.


– Encouraging patients to ask for free delivery or curbside pickup to reduce foot traffic in the pharmacy. 


The pharmacy strives to educate and do assessments of all people entering the premises to protect everyone’s health and spread awareness to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Their goal is to protect staff and customers, specifically customers at a higher risk of catching COVID-19 such as people with asthma, COPD, heart conditions, seniors, and other 
immunocompromised patients. 


Having access to PPE’s like masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and more is one the biggest challenges for the public right now. That is why, BeHealty Pharmacy is providing free masks to their at risk patients to protect them from the pandemic and to educate them on necessary precautions. 


For Jack and Javed, they are going through a new normal with the current circumstances, with restrictions and precautions. They receive new health guidelines from WHO (World Health Organization) and Health Canada, everyday. As per new guidelines, Health Canada encourages everyone to use masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Wearing masks can help to prevent respiratory droplets from contaminating other people and surfaces. 


BeHealthy Pharmacy’s advice is to continue following public health guidelines such as physical distancing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and going for groceries only once a week. 


In a final statement, Jack and Javed had this to say, 


“As a locally owned small business, BeHealthy Pharmacy will continue to serve our Stony Plain Road neighbourhood and spread awareness to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are always here to help and will also continue to offer free delivery and curbside pickup to all patients. Remember, we are all in this together!”


BeHealthy Pharmacy is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a. m. to 1 p.m.


Website:
https://behealthy-pharmacy.business.site/


Phone: 780.444.3381


Thank you to Edmonton’s Nurses!



Alberta’s 
Relaunch Strategy, Guidelines & BizConnect

The Government of Alberta has put in place a recovery strategy to relaunch our economy. According to the Government of Alberta website, Alberta’s relaunch strategy puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses, resuming activities and getting people back to work. 

While we face a long road to recovery, there are signs our collective efforts are helping slow the spread of COVID-19. We must ensure the sacrifices already made are not wasted. To be successful, we must stay vigilant to slow the spread; follow public health measures, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and continue acting responsible.

 

For more information on this Thursday’s relaunch visit this website:
https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx

To support businesses reopening during stage one of Alberta’s phased relaunch, the government of Alberta is launching a new resource to help them keep their staff and customers safer. 

This new site will provide business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one of the relaunch to ensure businesses can reopen safely during the pandemic. 

You can visit this site here:
https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx


 

AHS Webinars for Businesses 

Did you know AHS is doing two free webinars to answer questions from businesses who will be opening this week? 

We encourage businesses to register to gain some valuable information and get some questions answered! 

Session 1: Thurs, May, 14 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: Fri, May, 15 2:00 p.m.

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ahs-covid-19-community-conversation-business-re-launch-registration-104689138030


Weekly COVID-19 Update – May 5, 2020

Gold’n Loan Pawn Takes On COVID-19 

Ron and Sue Buryniuk, owners of Gold’n Loan Pawn, have been in the Stony Plain Road area since July of 2012 and are located at 15311 Stony Plain Road NW. Along with their son and daughter, the Buryniuk’s wealth of experience combined with customer-oriented service make Gold’n Loan Pawn the hit that it is. 

Gold’n Loan Pawn prides itself on caring about its customer base. A prime example of this is how the family-run business would rather their customers who own their things, get these things back. This means that the store is willing to do their best to hold on to items, within reason. 

“We are not like other places where as soon as your time is up, your stuff goes.”

At the start of the pandemic the store went through the steps of learning how to adapt, like many other businesses. For a long time, the store offered curbside pickup for their customers as a temporary fix. However, now the store has revamped and put up plexi-glass for the safety of their family and customers. The store is also running on shortened hours: Monday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 

The store is excited to be allowing customers back inside with the added safety precautions. Ron Buryniuk tell us, “I put all the bikes out, just a couple days ago, and they all sold out that same day.” 

Some exciting promotions that Gold’n Loan Pawn is running during COVID-19 are: 

  • Lowering rates for people who are borrowing money for the next 6 months
  • Lowering their fee from 25% to 20% 
  • Extending their redemption period from 30 days to 45 days. 
  • Extending their early pickup discount from 7 days to 15 days. 

“We’re trying to make it as as cheap as we can, and still stay open,” states Buryniuk, “We know the economy is tough right now on everybody, so we’re trying to help by lowering our rates.”

For more information on Gold’n Loan Pawn you can visit:
http://www.goldnloan.com/


SURVEY: The Stony Plain Road & Area BIA Wants to Hear From You Regarding COVID-19

The Stony Plain Road & Area BIA wants to hear from you! As the pandemic continues to unfold in Edmonton, we want to check in and see how we can support you during this time! Please take some time to answer some questions about COVID-19 and your business. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZZ2GPDV



Alberta Relaunch

The Government of Alberta has put in place a recovery strategy to relaunch our economy. According to the Government of Alberta website, Alberta’s relaunch strategy puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses, resuming activities and getting people back to work. 

While we face a long road to recovery, there are signs our collective efforts are helping slow the spread of COVID-19. We must ensure the sacrifices already made are not wasted. To be successful, we must stay vigilant to slow the spread; follow public health measures, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and continue acting responsible. 

For more information on Alberta’s relaunch strategy and which businesses will be affected on May 14, please visit:
https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx