THE statewide lockdown has had many implications for Leeton shire's businesses, regardless of whether they are able to have their doors open to the public or not.
Those businesses that have been deemed essential and can keep their doors open have reported trade has dropped dramatically because the community is playing its part in staying home.
Those who have had to close have also felt the hardships of lockdown, doing their best to offer their services in different ways such as contactless delivery, phone orders and takeaways.
Leeton Business Chamber president Krystal Roden said it was tough times for all businesses during lockdown.
"While some are still able to keep operating, it is different to the lockdown we had last year," she said.
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"It's certainly really tough for our businesses. We really encourage the community to support businesses in town wherever they can be at the moment.
"Obviously we want to be COVID-safe and comply the regulations while doing that. Reach out to a business if you are after something and just see what they are doing or offering. Even a phone call of support during these times.
"We also need to make sure when it is time to open back up, that we're all there spending our money locally."
Leeton Newsagency is one business that remains open, with owners Matt and Bobbi Curry trying their best to get through the tough times.
They have cut their opening hours back after noticing a drop in the number of people coming in, but are thankful their business is classed as essential.
"It's definitely hard times for everyone at the moment," Mr Curry said.
"We'll just keep trying to do what we can and provide a service to the community.
"We definitely appreciate people's support during these times."
The newsagency is the perfect spot to pick up school supplies for home learning, activities to bust lockdown boredom and even a card or gift for dad with Father's Day coming up.
Meanwhile, the Business Enterprise Centre is offering two free online events this week for Leeton's employers and staff to get involved in.
The details are as follows:
Lunch time Zoom catch up on Thursday, August 19
This event is free and no registration is necessary, just jump on the Zoom link below between noon and 2pm and have a virtual lunch with the BEC.
The BEC would also like to encourage those taking part to order lunch from a local business in the area for "lockdown lunch" and to continue to support local businesses during this lockdown.
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Online session with Service NSW, Friday August 20
Join the BEC as it talks to Service NSW representatives for an informative, one hour Q&A session focusing on the top issues it is hearing from businesses at the moment regarding grants and current lockdown rules. It will be an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have.
Some key question examples:
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