Social distancing is the name of the game — there’s ample data showing that increasing space between people will slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s comforting to see Health Canada and local and provincial governments taking steps to limit exposure. However, there have been huge ramifications on the economy from these measures.

In particular, local businesses that depend on in-person foot traffic for their revenue (restaurants, bars, nail salons, etc.) are seriously hurting and having to adapt. It is during these times that these small businesses need the community to come together and support them.

So, here are a few ways you can support small businesses in your area. 

Spread The Word On Social Media

Letting your friends, family and others in your network know that your favourite local business is still open during this time can make all the difference. As these local businesses rely on the support of the local community to continue operating.

Doing something as simple as creating a post about your favourite local business can relieve some stress for those who are still trying to stay afloat.

Purchase The Product/Service

For those who are looking to support local businesses and flatten the curve, don’t worry. As many of your local businesses have adapted to offering delivery it has never been easier to do your part. If you are able to, try and support your local business by using their product/service.

Now this can be extremely difficult for some during this time, which is why you can also use the other options we have on this list that may not necessarily require a financial commitment.

Reschedule, Don’t Cancel

Coronavirus has created the ultimate cancel culture, but all those missed reservations and skipped services are stressing out local workers. If you can, schedule work with your local business for a later date.

Simply knowing that work is coming their way can alleviate some anxiety and make a big difference in helping them weather this difficult time.

Consider a small business before hitting ‘buy’ on Amazon Prime

Many small businesses would be happy to order supplies and deliver them to you. Consider the small players before you automatically buy from larger companies like Amazon.

The most important thing to remember if you want to help small businesses in your area is that you are an investor in these businesses. Try to be as thoughtful as possible with where you as a consumer invest your dollars.