The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce recently reached out to its membership on the subject of a mandatory mask policy for Peterborough. The Peterborough Chamber represents over 900 businesses of all sizes and industries in both the city and county. Peterborough Public Health is continuing discussions on the topic and we saw an opportunity to hear directly from the business community on the issue.
The survey was sent out earlier this week and in less than 24 hours over 200 responses came in.
In addition to the yes or no question, we asked, “why or why not” and received over 170 written responses. In reading through the responses various themes emerged as to why such a policy should or should not be considered. Some of the responses also outlined the issue and brought to light further concerns.
For those who were in favour of a policy the themes behind their reasoning included:
For those who were not in favour of such a policy their reasoning included:
There were a number of respondents who indicated that they would rather have a choice because:
There were some responses that offered further commentary on the topic:
Respondents identified themselves as being from varying sectors of our economy. However, there are a few interesting takeaways from the sectoral breakdown.
Our Health Care and Wellness members were evenly divided on whether or not a mandatory mask policy was required.
Our members in the Business and Professional Services category were overwhelmingly in favour of a mandatory mask policy. The same sentiment continued through the Shopping and Specialty Retail and Real Estate and Construction members.
In fact, none of the membership groups were wholly against a mandatory policy.