The COVID-19 situation has changed the way our community does business. From Restaurants to banks, from pharmacies to gyms, business owners are quickly adapting to the new way of life that we hope will end soon.
With new social distancing and self-isolation orders in place, the MNA for the Nelligan riding (which encompasses the municipalities of Kirkland, Ile-Bizard, Sainte-Genevieve and Pierrefonds Ouest), Monsef Derraji is reaching out to his constituents to support businesses making a move to online or delivery only orders. The base of the initiative is to encourage his riding to support their local businesses through a Facebook group called ‘Achat Local/ Nelligan’.
“Delivery has become a way of life for many restaurants,” said Derraji in an interview. “We need to shop locally now more than ever. Taking care to buy from our neighbours to help sustain them through this storm.”
The aim of the Facebook page is to make sure local businesses are not forgotten.
“Please join our new Facebook group. Post your businesses, order a meal, let us know how it went,” he encouraged. “We need to be united now more than ever. We can do this. Everything is going to be alright.”
This initiative should be an opportunity to create economic links that will hopefully outlast the temporary measures put in place during COVID-19. This is an opportunity for all local SMEs that sell products and services to make themselves known through a virtual online presence.
This page is a kind of virtual networking page, where local SMEs and residents get to know each other. The hope is for SME’s, consumers and producer from around the Nelligan area to become acquainted with one another other, exchange contact information, and possibly offer support through supply or purchasing chains.
The idea is to work around our temporary limitations, help our local businesses, our neighbours and ultimately connect with each other all the while keeping in the spirit of a sustainable environment.
Restaurant owners and operators are encouraged to review the online resources the region and local health departments have provided for the latest information about COVID-19 in their community. Businesses are asked to take extra precautionary steps in the workplace to protect the safety and wellbeing of staff and clients.
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