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#supportlocal - what you can do to make a difference

Businesses of all sizes have been hit hard during this challenging time of lockdown and social distancing. While these measures are integral in helping to control the spread of the COVID19, they also threaten to devastate our local businesses who have put so much passion and dedication to their products and stores.

Now more than ever we need to #supportlocal to help safeguard the jobs in our communities and help rebuild our economy. Every gesture, even a small one counts, check out some things you can do to make a difference below!

Shop local -  Both on and offline where possible. Many small businesses that pre lockdown didn’t offer online services have adapted their offerings and moved online, check out their websites! Or, as restrictions begin to lift take this time to get out in your community, walk the streets and see what’s on offer first hand. Foot traffic has been non-existent for weeks now and workers will be more than happy to see customers in-store.

Order food/Dine out - If you have the income, consider treating yourself and taking a break from cooking every now and again to help support our local cafes and restaurants. Many small family-owned restaurants have now opened up their offerings to allow for delivery or takeaway and have missed cooking for their customers! 

Explore our own backyard - The tourism industry has been one of the most hard-hit recently and with international travel suspended what better time to explore our beautiful back yard!  From the mountains to the sea there are endless options for adventure so get out there and see what our beautiful country has to offer.  

Take part in online classes - With some recreational facilities remaining temporarily closed many businesses are now streaming online classes. If a local business offers this option, take it!  From workouts to yoga classes, painting lessons and wine tastings there are many fun activities you can get involved with and take part in online.

Buy gift cards - An immediate way to assist with putting in cash flow into your favourite local shop, beauty salon, restaurant, or cafe is by purchasing a gift card to use in the future. 

Leave a good review - Some of us may not be able to financially support our local businesses, there are plenty of other ways you can help. Simple things such as following them on social media and leaving favourable reviews online give business owners the strength to keep going.

While we adjust to the new normal and our local businesses begin work to get back on their feet be patient with them, they have been through a lot over the last few months. This is the time to be kind and #supportlocal