Trying times have proved how businesses are coming together in the face of the pandemic.
Trying times have proved how businesses are coming together in the face of the pandemic.

#WePledgeLocal: the region rises against COVID-19

GREATER Whitsunday Alliance have launched a campaign to encourage the community to support local businesses as coronavirus takes its toll on the local economy and tourism.

#WePledgeLocal is a digital campaign aimed to raise awareness around the importance of helping the community in this unprecedented crisis while also creating a space for businesses to unite and collaborate.

Both businesses and the wider community can use the hashtag to share good news stories and spread the word about initiatives that will help the region through the pandemic.

The past week has seen new regulations imposed including maximum capacities in venues, limits on canvassing in council elections and changes to the way people can travel.

However, many businesses have adapted and persevered through these trying times, so here's some ways that you can pledge local and support the Whitsundays community.

Owner of Fish D'Vine Kevin Collins has launched an online delivery service, D'livery.
Owner of Fish D'Vine Kevin Collins has launched an online delivery service, D'livery.

Order some restaurant quality food to be delivered to your door

This week the Federal Government introduced limits on the number of people allowed in both indoor and outdoor venues.

However, several businesses across the Whitsundays quickly adapted and have now expanded to a delivery service.

The Reef Gateway Hotel is offering all meals on the menu as a takeaway option and has also introduced 'click and collect' at the bottle shop.

Fish D'Vine also launched a new delivery option, D'livery, that will give residents from Shute Harbour to Whitsunday Acres the ability to have a range of dishes delivered to their doorstep.

 

Keeping your physical and mental health in check

The repercussions of coronavirus has meant millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs have been lost, but Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre have assured residents help is available.

Mental health professionals from across the region have also shared some advice to combat anxiety and help children understand the ongoing situation.

Bowen Yoga Room have also taken the initiative of live-streaming sessions so people can take part in classes from their own home.

Katie McCoyat from Love and Wore
Katie McCoyat from Love and Wore

Shop local from the comfort of your couch

The coronavirus pandemic has put pressure on many small businesses across the region with new regulations on visitors and self isolation resulting in less foot traffic than usual.

Despite the limits, you can still support small businesses in the region thanks to the internet as many stall holders push their online services.

Creativity in the face of coronavirus

The arts have taken a big hit with the cancellation of major music festivals and events.

Yet the region has not backed down from sharing in music and the arts with one band that were pegged to play at the cancelled Party in Paradise event instead entertaining fans through the internet.

Other businesses have also helped those in self-isolation beat the boredom by offering a free delivery service on books and DVDs.



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