PHASE TWO, WEEK ONE and things are looking fairly rosy as far as getting through the pandemic goes, assuming that SOB Delta variant doesn’t get a foothold in B.C. So, a few thoughts on changes today.
As we look toward a return to near-normalcy over the next few months, we naturally think about life free of the shackles of COVID-19. On the other hand, there’s the question of what we’ve learned and what we should keep.
For example, we’ve discovered it’s possible to leave entire work forces at home instead of saddling them with the daily commute to the office and putting out massive overhead for those offices.
And there’s the issue of what to do with all those brick patios in front of restaurants and coffee shops. I saw a questionnaire at one Victoria Street bistro this week asking if the patios should become permanent and there were several pages of Yes signatures, and not a single No.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.