October 1, 2021
It was informal, but important for me to learn how our local Yellowhead business owners are doing. All the names of businesses surveyed are kept confidential. Not all small businesses were surveyed as some were temporarily closed, or had irregular hours and were not open.
There were four questions:
- Did the government consider you an “essential” service during the first strict lockdown?
- Would you survive another lockdown?
- Would your business survive if mandatory vaccine passports were implemented?
- Do you believe in freedom of choice?
- Should it be up to each person whether or not they want to get vaccinated?
Three businesses were surveyed. All three were deemed “non-essential” according to the provincial government.
Would they survive another lockdown?
Two said No, one said maybe. All three said they would not survive if vaccine passports were made mandatory.
All three believed in freedom of choice.
There were 11 businesses surveyed. Seven were deemed “essential” by the government and 4 were deemed “non-essential”.
Out of the 7 “essential” businesses, 5 said they would survive another lockdown, 2 said they would not.
Out of the 4 “non-essential” businesses, 2 said they would not survive, 1 maybe and 1 yes.
If vaccine passports were made mandatory, 9 said they would not survive,
1 maybe and 1 yes.
All businesses in Evansburg surveyed believed in freedom of choice.