$2,000 for businesses using REP

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By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Small and medium-sized businesses in the South Peace are being encouraged to look for some relief through the province's grant of $2,000 for those who have implemented the Restriction Exemption Program (REP).
The grant will help businesses with the costs incurred due to implementing the program, said Sexsmith and District Chamber of Commerce president Jennifer Ireson.
Businesses have to create procedures and policies for their employees and need to find ways to ensure that everyone is up to date as things change as well, she explained.
It has been over a month since the province’s REP was rolled out and much of the implementation lies with front-line workers.
“If they don't implement this, in a lot of cases, the business will end up having to lay off staff or close their doors,” said Ireson.
Some local businesses have said that implementing the REP had added difficulties, with some customers...continued

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