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Essential workers press on during COVID-19 pandemic (SPH)

Liza, a sanitation worker, cleans a SkyTrain station in Vancouver on Thursday, April 2, 2020 (Photo credit: CBC News)

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. 

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