Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Jeremy Loveday are bringing an emergency motion to city council to ask city staff to look into ways to support small businesses who are seeing the effects of COVID-19 fears. The motion goes to Committee of the Whole on Thursday, March 19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria mayor Lisa Helps pushes emergency motion to support local businesses during COVID-19 fears

‘Heck, let’s even do some holiday shopping now…’, says Helps

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is bringing an emergency motion to city council this Thursday to find ways to invest back into local businesses, amidst rising COVID-19 fears.

“Let’s stop buying online,” Helps said in a statement posted to her blog. “Let’s shop local. Heck, let’s even do some of our holiday shopping now, really, really early.”

Helps said many small businesses have begun reaching out to the City, asking for support through the global epidemic that has shut down the majority of social events and encouraged social distancing.

At Thursday’s Committee of the Whole, Helps and Coun. Jeremy Loveday will ask council to approve the motion, directing staff to take a look at the City’s powers to support small business and jobs in a way that helps the local economy ‘recover stronger and more resilient than before’.

READ MORE: ‘I feel like I’m in a movie’: Victoria woman shares quarantine experience after cruise ship coronavirus outbreak

ALSO READ: Langford shuts down all activities at City Centre Park as of Sunday

Helps says she’s seen what she describes as a ‘massive slowdown’ in visitors to Victoria.

The federal government has discouraged international travel, cruise ship travel, and gatherings of more than 250 people to name a few actions taken. With Victoria’s cruise ship season delayed until at least July 1, Helps says storefront customers are slowly decreasing.

“Now’s the time to show them our love,” she said. “While debating these issues and looking for solutions at City Hall, I hope we see Victorians out in the city, enjoying all of the wonderful experiences our small businesses have to offer – of course practicing the social distancing that Dr. Henry recommends.”

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com


@iaaronguillen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City of VictoriaLisa Helps

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

“Isolation is normal for us,” says Saanich dad with cystic fibrosis

Gordon Head man says now’s the time to approve life-saving cystic fibrosis drug

Victoria business still busy as people turn to books while in self-isolation

Russell Books says certain genres have gained popularity during COVID-19

Farmers’ markets still open in Greater Victoria

The Moss Street and Esquimalt Farmers’ markets are scheduled to take place, with slight variations

Oak Bay Police Chief Const. Andy Brinton passes the torch this summer

Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties to take over position in September

Victoria Police see new trends in calls due to COVID-19

Police link jump in domestic, mental health calls to pandemic

Trudeau announces 75% wage subsidy for small businesses amid COVID-19

This is up from the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy

COVID-19: A message from the publisher

We will be making some changes to our print editions during these unprecedented times

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach youngster gets car parade for his sixth birthday

Friends get creative after party cancelled due to ongoing pandemic

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

Nanaimo RCMP ask for help locating 17-year-old girl believed to be with 36-year-old man

Mary Cyprich, missing since Thurday, might be in company of Force Forsythe

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

‘Now is not the time to bag that peak’: BCSAR manager discourages risky outdoor adventures

Call volumes are not going down, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists

Most Read