BC premier, John Horgan announced the plan for the province to move to phase three of reopening. This phase includes the reopening of hotels, motels, cabins, RV resorts, etc. According to the BC government website, “The accommodation industry was not ordered to close by the Provincial Health Officer.
Many operators closed voluntarily and are now preparing to welcome guests in Phase 3.” Opus Vancouver plans to welcome back customers in August and released the safety changes that have been made to welcome guests back.
Opus Vancouver mentions that guests are required to stand six feet apart from guests who aren’t travelling with them in all areas of the hotel, they have also installed plexi glass screen at the front desks, and the hotel plans to “introduce a contactless check-in and keyless entry program over the coming months.”
As BC’s Centre for Disease Control advises handwashing and hand sanitizing when water is unavailable, OPUS Vancouver plans to provide guests, employees and visitors with hand sanitizer; as well as providing dispensers around the hotel. OPUS Vancouver has also released a detailed explanation in regards to the cleaning of the hotel amenities.
They mentioned limiting the number of guests in the fitness room to one and cleaning up after each guest is finished. The buffet eating will also be halted for the time being “and replaced [with] alternative service styles such as individually plated and served meals, to customized individual grab and go boxes.”
Other hotels in Surrey are assisting customers with their bookings and reservations. Like Sandman Suites Surrey-Guildford mentions their offering of full credits for future bookings until 2021 for all prepaid non-refundable reservations past July 1.
The Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection is also aiding new customer bookings by allowing “reservation to be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before … scheduled arrival date.” This is for reservations “for any future arrival date” and … “reservations with prepaid rates.” According to their website, this is available till July 5.
BC’s phase three reopening also includes travelling within the province so for residents who are planning to visit one of BC’s many beautiful towns and cities, the government has some rules in place. Residents of British Columbia are asked “to be respectful of the communities [they] plan to visit and be safe as [they] enjoy the many beautiful locations across [the] province.”
Visitors from other provinces and territories are also asked to follow the same guidelines in place for British Columbians. The BC government website also includes a list of guidelines for people thinking about traveling this summer. The government asks that residents “consider the health and safety of people in [their] bubble, and whether [they] want to take any extra risks.”
Residents are also asked to follow the safety rules in place. That includes washing of hands, physical distancing, staying in small groups, and cleaning of space. Many RV parks are accepting guests and have put up rules in regards to covid-19. Livingstone RV Park in Langley announced the closing of its office to the public and appointments can be made by calling the number on their website.
They have also closed the showers and washroom to the guests and they ask that guests “have no outside visitors during [their] stay and that [they] maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between [their] camping neighbors until the ban is lifted.”
Other RV parks like Pacific Border RV Park in Surrey, Burnaby Cariboo RV Park and Campground in Burnaby are also open for guests.
Uber expands ridesharing service to Abbotsford, Aldergrove and Langley Township
Uber is expanding its ridesharing service to Abbotsford, Aldergrove and all of Langley Township. Residents across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley now have expanded access to a safe, reliable and affordable transportation alternative at the touch of a button, and drivers will have additional flexible earning opportunities.
Uber has implemented new safety features and policies to keep riders and drivers safe as we navigate this new normal together including:
- Go Online Checklist: Riders and drivers will confirm safety precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 including a selfie confirmation to ensure drivers are wearing a face mask or cover
- Driver Screening: Everyone who drives with Uber is screened before their first trip. In addition, Uber reruns these driver screenings every year and uses technology to look for issues in between.
- 24/7 Safety Support: If you need safety support or assistance, Uber’s dedicated and trained support team is available at all times to provide help
- Phone Anonymization: Privacy is a top priority at Uber. The Uber app conceals driver and rider phone numbers so they are able to securely call/text each other through the app without revealing their information
- Emergency Button Access: Both riders and drivers can contact 911 directly from the Uber app and provide a GPS location and trip details with authorities in emergency situations
In addition to these new features and policies, Uber is distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help keep delivery people and drivers safe as they serve their communities. We are sending in-app notifications to active drivers and delivery people in each city – providing guidance on how to request health and safety supplies (screencap below).
Drivers and delivery people can request those supplies and have them shipped directly to their home. So far, more than 55,000 PPE supplies have been distributed in the Lower Mainland.
To see the updated service area map, please visit here.
Support Our Surrey (SOS): Team of Justin and Trace
I’ve seen so many members of our community helping each other out during COVID-19, that it makes my heart swell. I’m so happy to be giving another Support Our Surrey shout-out to longstanding members of our Fraser Valley community – the real estate team of Justin and Trace, from Macdonald Realty.
Justin Glasser and Trace Sowerby have been active realtors in the Fraser Valley for over 15 years. Maybe you’ve seen their friendly faces in the mail? As downtown Surrey began to grow and burgeon approximately 15 years ago, Justin and Trace have not only been growing with the city, but they’ve been growing with many of the young residents and families that call Surrey their home.
During COVID, they’ve used their marketing platform and resources to support and highlight other local businesses in the community, by hosting an Instagram series called QUARANTINE 15 – a “weekly segment updating our community on local business in 15 minutes or less”. You can follow Justin and Trace on Instagram at justin_traceteam to find these segments, as well as here.
Businesses they've featured are:
- Mamas for Mamas (Charity) mamasformamas.ca/chapters/vancouver
- Jon’s Newtrition Kitchen jonsnewtritionkitchen.com
- The Heart theheartcloverdale.com
- Spent Grounds spentgroundscoffeeroasters.ca
- AMJ Campbell Moving amjcampbell.com/en/home
- Holloway Painting hollowaypainting.ca
- Jen Fuentes Mortgage Broker, DLC Gold Financial mortgagesbyjen.ca
- NorthWood Home Inspections northwoodhomeinspections.com
If you ever get the pleasure of meeting Justin, Trace, or their colleague, Bethany, you’ll know immediately that the care and respect they have for their community and fellow residents, runs deep. It’s their personal care, whether as their clients or someone living in the same community as them, that really make the Justin and Trace Team, shine and standout. Get to know them a bit on Facebook: facebook.com/justinandtracehomes
You can also learn more about the Justin and Trace Team on their official site, here, and be sure to check out the businesses they’ve highlighted so that we can all continue to keep this spirit of community going!
Dear readers: As BC begins to re-open, it’s a great opportunity for business to welcome us back – please reach out to share local businesses that are now open so we can feature them and make sure our community knows how we an Support Our Surrey.
How Barbershops and Retailers are Welcoming Customers during BC’s Phase Two Re-opening
Giant Retailers, Hudson Bay and Sephora have opened their doors to customers in Surrey. While both companies spoke about their excitement to welcome back customers, they have also released information on the new store hours and how they plan to enforce safety guidelines and social distancing rules. Sephora released a post which detailed the changes they planned to make to their stores while ensuring the safety of their customers. The company plans to maintain the two metre distancing rule and limit the amount of customers in the store.
The company is also making sure hand sanitizers are made available “at the front entrance and key areas throughout the store” They also plan to “sanitize baskets before giving them to [customers], disinfect products and tools, and clean surfaces every two hours or after every use.”
As the beauty company is known for having testers made available, this will no longer be the case and the company also plans to take the temperature of their staff at the beginning of their shift and in the middle of their shift.
Hudson Bay, another retailer that has opened its doors to residents of Surrey has introduced a way for customers to receive their items in a safe way. The company has introduced curbside pickup. The company mentioned the pickups being ready in “as little as 3 hours”
This is made available everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and when customers arrive, they are asked to remain in their car while an associate helps them load the item. The customer can also “advise” the associate on where to place the item if they do not want it loaded in their car, according to the company. Some other new changes from the store is, allocating Tuesdays for senior shoppers and Thursdays for frontline workers.
Along with other retailers and businesses, Hudson Bay has introduced sanitizers around the stores, increased cleaning, physical distancing, and touchless pay. BC’s second phase of reopening doesn’t include only retail stores. Barbershops and salons are now open to the public with guidelines in place.
Lookin’ Sharp Barbershop is based in Richmond BC, and it recently opened doors to customers. Co owner and founder of the shop, Bebo, spoke about the safety guidelines in place as he and his staff welcome back customers.
“Right now we are not allowing [anyone] without a mask and [we also] have … guidelines and protocols before the client [enters the shop],” says Bebo.
Some of the new guidelines Bebo spoke of was having clients make appointments before their haircuts, as before the pandemic, the shop took walk-ins only.
“We removed all the chairs [in] the waiting area, so there’s no waiting inside the shop,” says Bebo.
“When [a] client comes, they need to wait outside until their scheduled appointment, and [we also] put … a hand sanitizer station [for clients],” says Bebo.
Bebo also mentioned his shop giving out masks to customers who come without one. He spoke about the safety guidelines for his staff, saying they had to wear masks and gloves, and disinfect their whole workstation before and after each client. Bebo also mentioned his shop terminating 80 per cent of their services.
“… Hair [wax], threading, face masks, and facials … are no longer available,” says Bebo. “Basically right now we are only providing the haircuts and hair wash,” he added.
Uber Connect: Easier than ever to send packages to others
As we learn to live in the new normal, Uber wants to help you navigate through this new life and make your life a little bit easier. Uber is launching a new product, Uber Connect, to make it easier than ever to send packages, items, and goods to others.
Uber Connect allows users to send packages to others. It’s an affordable same-day contactless delivery solution.
Whether it’s a care package for a loved one, a gift for a friend’s birthday, an item you sold online or an important business document, you can send it by requesting “Uber Connect” through the Uber app. Now you can have the kids create a work of art for Grandma and get it over to her house before dinner.
Matthew Price, General Manager of Uber Canada, said Uber Connect was designed to make it easier for people to deliver things to others and stay connected.
“During this challenging time for Canadians we wanted to create an affordable and quick way for people to send items to each other. This feature minimises the need to travel, while helping people stay connected. We know Canadians want to help each other out and have seen a tremendous sense of community rise up in the recent weeks. By focusing on helping to safely move people and the delivery of items, we want to participate in the collective effort to tame the new normal”.
How it works:
Uber Connect is now available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
- Package the items in a sealed box or bag, wiping down surfaces with disinfectant.
- Tell your driver ‘Where to?’ in your Uber app.
- Choose Uber Connect as the ride (you may have to swipe up for the option).
- Follow the notifications: You’ll get notifications providing instructions on how to help ensure a smooth pickup and when your driver is arriving, just like a trip with UberX. As you see the car approach in the app, you should head outside and load your item into the car’s trunk.
- Share the trip status with up to 5 people in your contact list. Unless it’s a surprise gift, one of these should be the recipient so they can easily monitor the delivery’s progress.
Uber Connect is one way for Canadians to move what matters most. As part of Uber’s commitment to Moving What Matters in Canada, Uber has pledged over $6m in free rides, meals, and food deliveries for Canada – providing those to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need.
Starting with organizations like Breakfast Club of Canada, AdvantAGE, CBI Health, BC Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, and Montreal’s Children’s Hospital, it’s our small way of helping during this challenging time.
Most popular Indian brands in Surrey
Today, we travel internationally more than ever before. The decrease in travel costs eased visa procedures enable millions of people around the world to travel freely across a diverse range of interesting destinations. Yet, international travel is not only for entertainment purposes. It has an important role in the process of global migration which represents a driving force for many economies.
Traveling around the world was not always as easy. Trains and other means of land, as well as water transportation, took days and sometimes even weeks to cover short distances and were extremely inefficient and inconvenient. Therefore, only very few people traveled back in the day. The picture is drastically different today as jet planes can take you to the opposite side of the world in a matter of hours.
The airline industry truly revolutionized the world we live in today. This particularly is important in regards to the commonwealth of nations that are closely affiliated with the United Kingdom, both culturally and economically. Millions of people travel to Britain from countries like India, Australia, and Canada, thanks to the modern airline industry, this process is easily possible without any complications.
The Australian flag carrier Qantas even launched its iconic, first-ever UK to Australia regular service back in 2017. The flight operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes passengers from London’s Heathrow airport to Perth in just over 17 hours.
Migration of Indians within the commonwealth and beyond
India has the second-largest population on earth with over 1.3 billion people residing in the country. Despite its rapidly growing economy, many Indians strive to flee for other nations in efforts to find better living, education, or work. The migration of Indian populations is nothing new as they have been leaving for other nations in Europe and later in the United States for centuries now. However, with the rise of the 21st century, the migration waves became bigger and more significant.
The traditional destinations for Indian migrants are typically some of the most fortunate commonwealth nations. The top choice naturally is the United Kingdom, which has been offering flexible visa procedures and a diverse range of workplaces to Indians for a long time now. However, other nations like the United States also have their well-deserved place at the top of the list.
Indians in Surrey
Canada has not always been a desirable place to migrate to for Indians. The Northern American nation is one of the richest and well-off across the globe. Nevertheless, up until recently, their vis procedures remained complicated, expensive, and extended in time. Therefore, only very few Indians migrated to Canada.
However, the rise of digital technology helped many people find jobs in Canada and now there even is an Indo-Canadian Business Chamber, working on advancing economic relations between the two countries.
The gambling industry became one of the leading employers for Indians. Many of them worked remotely for Canadian companies to develop new casino games for Indians. Such platforms are of particular popularity within Indian communities across the world for their convenience and accessibility.
Remote jobs soon turned into residents permits as Canada eased migration procedures amid the lack of workforce and aging population. As a result, Indians are now a major migrant group among many represented in the country. Surrey has been a favorite spot for Indians as 30% of the city’s population is now South Asian. In this article, we present some of the most interesting Indian brands in Surrey.
Little India - shopping for the Indian community
According to the latest census, over 37% of all migrant populations in Surrey were born in India. This is a fast-increasing number which stood at roughly 30% back in 2001. This soaring Indian community needs more businesses providing them with specifically tailored products and services. Without such facilities, the thriving Indian population of Surrey will struggle to sustain their daily lives in this moderately-sized city.
Little India is a prominent shopping center chain that operates branches in a handful of locations around the world. Surrey was an obvious next destination for the company when it opened its shopping mall there back in 2016. The building offers a vastly diverse range of shops from clothing to groceries and stash. This shopping center has quickly become a bloodline for this major community across the city.
Many people have commented on the opening that this mall could be a lifesaver in terms of shopping. Some people needed to commute to Vancouver in order to visit Indian shops. It also boosts the migration process into Surrey as Indians who consider moving to Toronto, Vancouver or Ottawa will turn towards a more affordable option with a well-supported community.
Punjab Milk Foods - serving Indian dairy products across Canada
The dairy is an important part of many Indians’ lives. The country’s national cuisine offers a number of famous dishes for which dairy products such as cheese, sour cream, and milk are essential. However, the community members in Canada are not always able to find suitable products in local stores.
Punjab Milk Foods is the largest federally-approved and therefore regulated dairy product producer in Canada. Their factory and office are located in Surrey with the production line being sustained with state-of-art facilities and technology. The company’s products are created thanks to the extensive experience in dairy production and an incredibly diverse workforce.
Bollywood Banquet hall & conference center
The Indian culture is unimaginable without mass gatherings and grand banquets with hundreds of attendees. Such gatherings occur during traditional weddings, religious celebrations, and in case of the migrant community, during weekly or sometimes monthly meetings. Such big-scale gatherings are very frequent for Indians and venues that can uphold the intensity of these events are rather limited in some smaller cities like Surrey,
Bollywood Banquet Halls that often unite conference centers are very common in foreign cities with significant Indian populations. Such centers serve as community gathering spots, wedding venues, and celebration host facilities. Surrey is not an exception and most certainly has one of its own.
Bollywood Banquet Hall & Convention Centre is located in downtown Surrey and offers traditional services to its customers from the city and beyond it. Members of the Indian community in Canada sometimes even come from other nearby cities such as Vancouver and Edmonton to attend events held at this venue.
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