GURNEE – As small businesses grapple with changes in operation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is encouraging residents to shop locally.

“The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 is taking a particularly hard toll on our small businesses. Unlike national chains, local businesses often operate on much tighter budgets that can make it difficult for them to weather unforeseen financial hardships,” Mason said. “Even though you may not be able to visit your favorite stores in person, there are plenty of safe ways to continue supporting them. Many restaurants have adopted curbside pickup or no-contact delivery, and many nonessential businesses have the option to purchase a gift card online. All of these methods of service are in compliance with social distancing guidelines and are great ways to continue spending money at places you enjoy.”

Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order has been extended to April 30.

“Remember to be patient and understanding as service industry workers adjust to these new circumstances,” Mason said. “These individuals are on the front lines of this pandemic, and we owe it to them to help keep them safe by making sure we’re physically healthy and practicing good hygiene before interacting with them.”


via | Lake County Journal

April 2, 2020 at 02:07PM