For four weeks now, we have all been doing our bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, keeping in our bubbles and washing our hands regularly and thoroughly.
It was very reassuring to hear on Monday (20 April) that those efforts have helped lead us to a point where the Government is satisfied that we can begin transitioning to a lesser Alert Level next week, then a review and hopefully a possible further lower level two weeks later.
The news provides some certainty to our community, particularly our workforce who have been unable to work during this time, and to the businesses who’ve had to close their doors and cease trade: certainty, in that we now have a timeline and information about when our economy might start opening up again.
In anticipation of this recovery phase, the Council has been quickly developing a useful tool and accompanying campaign to help local businesses and our community begin operating again.
‘Mid Canterbury Open for Business’ is exactly what it says. It’s a free online directory designed to help businesses communicate what days and times they will be open, what they are offering – especially as the Alert Levels may continue to place some restrictions on certain things, and what deals and specials they may have.
For shoppers and people needing to access services, it will be an easy to use one-stop shop to find businesses in their area.
The idea of ‘Mid Canterbury Open for Business’ is to encourage and help us all to find out which businesses are open, support local businesses wherever possible, and to help kick start our region’s economy after the lockdown.
If you have a business in the district, take advantage of this free resource by registering your business to be listed at MidCanOpenForBiz.nz. Simply fill out the online form on the page.
Likewise, if you want to know what is or will be open, or what products and services are available, head to the website and search for a business or category.
The directory is in its early stages at this point and is growing every day. The Council has been reaching out to many businesses to add them to the list, so you’ll continue to see the directory expand as we progress.
We have begun launching the campaign this week, with the support of a number of local media outlets who are getting behind the initiative to help spread the word.
When Alert Levels begin easing, let’s work together – safely, to restart Mid Canterbury.