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Tips to support local and stay safe

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Looking for up-to-date information on how to stay safe while supporting small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some ways you can support small businesses while also following the latest advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant health, social and economic impacts on Canadians.

Supporting local and small businesses is important and it can be done safely. However, personal circumstances may affect where, when and how you are able to shop during the pandemic. The best balance is always the one you can manage.

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In-person shopping, pickups and services

1. Learn what small businesses exist in your area

2. Plan ahead and stay safe

Before going out, consider the risks and make informed choices to keep yourself, your family and your communities safe. Remember, if you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to follow local public health measures in public settings.

You should also:

When you are out in public:

Many local and small businesses will be happy to make your shopping trip or service experience a safe one. Depending on the type of business, you may also consider the following to reduce the amount of time you spend indoors or in a shared space:

Other ways to support small businesses

By shopping local during the COVID-19 pandemic you can help local businesses prosper, making it even easier to continue shopping locally in the future.

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