Essential workers press on during COVID-19 pandemic
Police officers, paramedics and firefighters are top of mind when thinking of essential services. However, many other service workers are deemed crucial to British Columbians and many of them are adapting their work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanitation workers, truck drivers and letter carriers are some of the industries deemed essential to our lives
The streets of Vancouver are increasingly empty as the city enters its third week of a vast shutdown of many businesses, but essential service workers are finding new ways to adapt in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Janitors, sanitation workers, truck drivers and even accountants are deemed essential to British Columbians, according to the province. They're "essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning," according to a statement from B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth.
Whether it is a pharmacist working long hours to provide medication to their patients or a letter carrier walking her route in a near empty downtown core, these workers are crucial to the basic needs of a city.