The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce has sent out a survey to local businesses to determine if the city will come to a complete standstill during the upcoming holiday season.
According to Chastity Dunn, with the Steinbach Chamber has sent out a survey to local businesses to determine what their normal business hours are. The survey recognizes that this year, Christmas falls on a Saturday, making Christmas Eve on Friday and Boxing Day on a Sunday.
“According to Employment Standards the Christmas holiday should then fall on the first work day following Christmas,” explained Dunn. “Therefore technically businesses should be closed Monday December 27th.”
She added that while Boxing Day is not a general holiday some companies allow the day off for staff.
“Companies that allow Boxing Day as a day off will not be back in business until December 29,” Dunn continued. “However retail businesses will not want to miss out on “boxing day sales” and will likely be back in business Monday the 27th.”
The Chamber of Commerce developed the survey to help members establish a “norm” for their own industries.
“The intention of the survey was to have an idea of what store hours would be like here in Steinbach due to the holiday falling on a Saturday,”
The Chamber of Commerce is hoping that enough businesses respond that an accurate result can be distributed which would give both businesses and consumers a better idea of how businesses will operate throughout the community.