Businesses say they’ll be able to stay open, despite border closure


A survey done by Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute provides concrete proof that the border closure has dramatically affected businesses in Point Roberts. A report based on the survey prepared by research analyst Erin Dahlman-Oeth was released on September 4.

The key take-aways are that local businesses are experiencing financial hardships despite there being no positive cases of Covid-19 in Point Roberts to date; the majority of businesses responded that the border was extremely important and more than 80 percent of their customers are Canadian; and that the majority of businesses indicated that they would be able to remain open or re-open later if the border is closed for the remainder of 2020.

A total of 13 businesses in selected categories responded to the survey.

Employment was hit hard: The businesses combined typically employed 122 full-time equivalent employees but now have just 34 people, a 72 percent decrease. As of August 26, 91 percent of businesses were operating on reduced hours and while one business reported sales equal to the previous year, 11 businesses reported making 0-50 percent less monthly revenue (8 percent); 50-100 percent less revenue (58 percent) and over 100 percent less business (25 percent).

The full report can be found here.


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