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:

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. 


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:

Workplace Relaunch

As the relaunch will allow many of you to re-open your business, we would like to ensure that the safety and well-being of you and your customers is a top priority. 

To read the updated Alberta Workplace Guidance for Business Owners, visit the link here: 


CMHA Mental Health Week

This year CMHA Mental Health Week is being observed May 4-10, 2020. You can connect on social media using the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek. The theme this year is ‘Social Connection,’ and its importance for mental health. The campaign this year calls for us to #GetReal about how we really feel. 

Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness or mental health issue, but 5 in 5 Canadians has mental health – we all need social connection. 

Even before there was COVID-19, loneliness and social isolation were already of major concern in our society. People with weak or few social connections are at increased risk for anxiety, depression, anti-social behaviour and suicidal behaviours. Lack of strong relationships affects the risk of morality in a comparable way to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. 

By providing emotional support, companionship and opportunities for meaningful social engagement, social networks have an influence on self-esteem, coping effectiveness, depression, distress and sense of well-being. 

Some experts have argued that social distancing should actually be called physical distancing, because we actually need each other socially. Phone calls, video calls and other digital technologies offer excellent opportunities for connecting face-to-face, even when we can’t be in the same room. 

The pandemic can bring us together in unexpected ways. Canada has been at the forefront of a campaign for caremongering, which has seen members of the community helping one another during these difficult times.