Things are changing.
Slowly you can feel the shift. People are taking coronavirus more seriously than ever before.
Parents are being asked to keep their children at home, schools are moving to online learning, and our businesses are closing their doors.
Under government requirements, all clubs, pubs and restaurants have been ordered to close.
Churches, casinos, cinemas, gyms, indoor spots venues and entertainment venues must also close, along with the licensed parts of hotels.
Restaurants and cafes can still serve takeaway and do home delivery, but sit-down meals are banned.
And while essential services such as shops and shopping centres remain open, we are being told to distance ourselves as much as we can.
With all these regulations and changes in place, now more than ever before, we need to support our local businesses.
The coronavirus has hit the region straight off the back of the drought. Just when things looked they they have have been looking up, we have been knocked down again. Just how many times can our businesses get back up if we don't support them?
So many of them are putting new ways of working in place - takeaway menus where there have been none before, home delivery options, app purchases and other things.
Businesses are thinking outside the box, and we need to help them get through this time. So, if you need meat, head to your butcher. Need bread? Try the local bakery? Clothing? Skip online and look locally.
Worried about leaving your home? You can still help - there are local businesses that have online shopping options and delivery available.
It's only as a community that we can do this, by all pitching in and helping each other.
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