ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly says these data show the business community needs more transparency around the restrictions it is facing.
"We have always advised—and will continue to advise—business operators to follow the direction of the Alberta Government and Chief Medical Officer of Health," says Kobly. "However, these data show business operators are really in the dark about the reasons behind this direction. There's been a clear breakdown of communication."
Kobly also suggests government could do more to formalize and promote the process business operators can use to apply for an exemption.
"While we are dealing with a relatively small sample, we've seen that when business operators apply for an exemption, they have about a 75 per cent chance of being at least partially successful," says Kobly. "However, for one reason on another, many business operators haven't applied or haven't made it through the process.
"Streamlining the exemption process could go a long way towards reducing the frustration business operators are experiencing, giving Alberta's job creators an option to safely adapt to the COVID-19 environment."