The City of New Westminster has struck a business and local economy working group to help keep the local economy afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic.
That group has started up a Support Local campaign that calls upon local residents to do their best to support local businesses.
Here are seven ways you can do that, courtesy of the campaign:
1. Buy gift cards:
Businesses get the revenue now, and you can shop later.
2. Shop online or by phone:
Some businesses may offering delivery or safe pickup options – phone your favourite business to find out.
3. Order takeout and delivery:
You can still eat from many of your favourite local eateries – you just can’t sit inside. Call your favourite establishment to find out if they have a way you can support them.
You can check out some downtown options here, courtesy of the Downtown New Westminster BIA: https://downtownnewwest.ca/Blog/DTNW-Closures-Delivery-Take-Out-Options-COVID19
4. Source your pantry and supplies:
Buy your necessities of life – baking, groceries and produce – from local businesses whenever you can.
5. Share positivity online:
Write reviews and posts celebrating your experiences with local businesses.
6. Amplify businesses:
Help your favourite local merchants by sharing their social media posts – follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and give them a larger audience by sharing their posts with your friends and followers.
7. Rebook appointments:
If you’ve had to postpone an appointment with your favourite hairdresser, massage therapist or other service provider, try rebooking instead of cancelling outright.