By Justin Seward
Bow Island Mayor Gordon Reynolds said the community is doing quite well with its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We did have a few cases but people have been respectful and(I’m) certainly unaware of any major outbreaks,” said Reynolds.
“I think people have been cooperative and patient and we certainly appreciate that.”
Reynolds noted that town staff took measures to prevent COVID from coming into the work place and impact the municipality’s ability to serve the public.
“I don’t think it’s been a tremendous hardship on the town operations,” he said.
A notable impact on operations recently was when the town lost $10,000 in operation costs over two months when the arena was closed due to COVID restrictions putting a halt to sports.
“We’re always concerned about people that are isolated, stranded at home, and we have urged people to look out for their neighbours and family and make sure that people are well mentally and still being able to engage with people somehow,” said Reynolds.
“That’s hard on everybody, it’s not unique to us.”
Bow Island businesses have seen an impact too with having to take a lot of steps to reopen before shutting down and again reopening a few times during the pandemic.
Reynolds says there were no local businesses that closed.
“I think most have done whatever is required of them under the restrictions,” he said.
“Some have applied for support through the various programs and hopefully they can all recover from it?(for) those that did feel that pinch. And other businesses, it was business as usual .”