Barrie Chamber of Commerce President says shop local means more than it ever has before

Buy from local restaurants offering takeout, purchase gift certificates some ideas being floated

With a provincial state of emergency ordering some businesses to close including bars and restaurants not providing a takeout service, there is no escaping the fact the impact this will have on employers and workers.

In an interview just prior to the state of emergency being announced by Premier Doug Ford, the president of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce said shop local means more than it ever has before.

Todd Tuckey focused on the mom and pop shops, in particular those downtown already facing a financial squeeze because of construction.

“What these businesses have endured, trying to keep doors open and people employed in our community.”

Tuckey urged people to call around to local restaurants to see if they are providing take out and then support them.

“We want these guys after this event has passed. They are only going to be there if we reach out and support them.”

Another option to support local said Tuckey is to purchase a gift certificate that can be used at a later date. He said it is a means of keeping a business afloat and supporting them upfront.

Tuckey hopes everyone will do their part to keep COVID-19 at bay. The Chamber of Commerce has cancelled all March activities and the April Chamber Business breakfast.