27 Mar

NOTICE: New website supports ‘shop local’ during COVID-19

There's a new, one-stop shop for supporting local Prince Edward County businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SupportLocalPEC.ca, spearheaded by the Picton Business Improvement Area and created by volunteer Dale Mugford of Bloomfield-based Yeeboo Digital, has expanded into a County-wide listing with information on how residents can continue to support commerce during the shutdown of non-essential businesses.

"It can be hard to know how to help, so this list helps make it clear how shoppers can continue to support their local favourites, whether through contactless delivery, appointments, online purchases or gift certificates to be used when this is over," says Sarah Doiron, manager of the Picton BIA.

The site includes restaurants, retail shops, accommodations, services such as insurance, bulk printing or computer repair, wineries, breweries, groceries, prepared foods and more.

Businesses are responsible for updating their information, which lists whether they're providing delivery, curbside pick-up, takeout, gift certificates, or other options that support physical distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"This is an extremely difficult time for many local businesses, but we're seeing owners come up with equally creative ways to try to keep going. They need our support now more than ever," says Councillor Mike Harper, lead of the newly formed business and the economy task team.

Some County businesses have teamed up to offer delivery. The province has also loosened some restrictions around alcohol delivery, opening options for local restaurants to pair takeout with County craft beverages.

The site was built with cooperation from the Picton BIA, Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce, Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association, Bloomfield & Area Business Association and Wellington District Business Association. There is no charge to list.

To add a business listing, visit this open source document.

Up to date information on The County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on The County's website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.