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Shop locally as traders are “here to help”

• Foster Chamber of Commerce and Industry members Janine Best, Phil Rerden and Kate Pulham are urging Corner Inlet people to shop locally and to stay positive during the COVID-19 period. “We’re all here to help,” they said.

FOSTER traders are urging Corner Inlet people to shop locally during the present COVID-19 crisis as “we’re here to help”.

Foster Chamber of Commerce and Industry members said they “want to support our local community in these unprecedented times.

“We need everyone to do their shopping in the local area more than ever before and we’re all prepared to go that extra mile to assist, such as accepting telephone orders and home delivery,” Chamber president Phil Rerden said.

“We’re taking every precaution to keep both our staff and our customers safe and we’re trying to do as much as we can within our capabilities to keep life as normal as we can,” he said.

“We want the community to know that as many of us as possible are open for business, given the rapidly changing circumstances.”

Mr Rerden said the Chamber was “regularly communicating with our members to make sure we all have the latest and most accurate information about the COVID-19 situation.

“All traders are following the guidelines from the Australian Chief Medical Officer and the Federal and State Governments,” he said.

“We encourage local people to contact individual business owners to let them know how they may help them best,” he said.

“For example, the traders are happy to accept electronic payments and to meet customers outside their shops with their purchases.

“We’re determined to remain positive and we believe that the steps governments have and will impose will counter the spread of the Coronavirus,” Mr Rerden said.

“Of course, if you’re not feeling well, it’s important that you’re not out and about in any case.

“No-one knows quite what lies ahead but we believe it’s important that we all collaborate and look out for each other.

“We are a great community and we will, if we work together, get through this,” he said.

“We are in the best place being isolated from the city, with people who care about each other, and who can rise above the fear that is circulating.”

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