While some businesses have found the closure of shopfronts and the temporary ban on markets to be a burden, many have used it as a new opportunity.
Dubbo Soy Candles, run by Dubbo Leadership Academy students Layla and Hallie Primmer, used the time to build their candle and melts business online.
"As the business grows our goal is to support charities such as the pink angels and headspace (teenage mental health)," Layla said.
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The girls are considering selling their products at the farmer's markets when they are operating again, but for now, work online through Facebook.
"We have been overwhelmed with the huge amount of support we have received from the Dubbo community," Layla said.
Layla said the business has also brought the family closer together.
"We now spend many hours together making candles away from technology where we can just talk," she said.
Another business, Mindful Soul Sync, has also gone online, opting to providing hypnotherapy sessions as well as a number of other services virtually.
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Owner Christie Salmon said she adapted her hypnotherapy change work to online using the ZOOM platform where her clients were able to continue their sessions from home.
This meant Mrs Salmon could also care for her children as they were home-schooled due to COVID-19.
"Having children at home and not feeling safe to send them to school meant I was very time poor as my main focus was the kid's health and safety."
Mrs Salmon has a store on Macquarie Street and regularly sells products at the markets, so the temporary restrictions were hard on her financially.
"I am lucky in the sense of not having to be in the same location as my clients for me to be able to facilitate sessions."
During COVID-19 Mrs Salmon has used several methods to help clients online cope and deal with stress and anxiety.
"During self-isolation, I offered free group hypnotherapy via ZOOM where people who were experiencing fear and anxiety were invited to participate and I also sent out hypnotherapy recordings for stress to people for them to utilise in their own time."
Mrs Salmon started her business online to start with and has been operating in Dubbo now for two years.