Lake of Bays Open for Business

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UPDATE: The Lake of Bays Open for Business Map was created during the COVID-19 pandemic to highlight businesses operating during the phased reopening of the economy. This map is now closed. Please visit lakeofbays.on.ca/businessdirectory to view a comprehensive list of businesses in the Township of Lake of Bays.

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The Township of Lake of Bays is open for business! Although some local businesses may have temporarily closed their (physical) doors due to COVID-19, many are still providing products and services in a safe way that respects health and safety guidelines and physical distancing.

Some businesses have online shops and many are accepting orders and payment over the telephone. Some are even offering delivery, takeout, or curbside pick up, so reach out and support your favourite local retailer, restaurant, and service providers.

We need to be there for them now so they will be there for us later!

UPDATE: The Lake of Bays Open for Business Map was created during the COVID-19 pandemic to highlight businesses operating during the phased reopening of the economy. This map is now closed. Please visit lakeofbays.on.ca/businessdirectory to view a comprehensive list of businesses in the Township of Lake of Bays.

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The Township of Lake of Bays is open for business! Although some local businesses may have temporarily closed their (physical) doors due to COVID-19, many are still providing products and services in a safe way that respects health and safety guidelines and physical distancing.

Some businesses have online shops and many are accepting orders and payment over the telephone. Some are even offering delivery, takeout, or curbside pick up, so reach out and support your favourite local retailer, restaurant, and service providers.

We need to be there for them now so they will be there for us later!

  • Day 1: Write a positive online review!

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    4 months ago

    This is a good time to finally get around to reviewing your favourite local business on Facebook, Google, Trip Advisor, etc. Good reviews can give businesses a big credibility boost and are an easy, free way to show your favourite small businesses that you support them.

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  • Day 2: Pre-pay for future appointments!

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    4 months ago

    If you have the means to do so, offer to pre-pay for future appointments with your regular service providers. While social distancing prevents you from going to get your hair coloured, attending music lessons, and so on, pre-paying for your next appointment can be a big help to small businesses during this time.

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  • Day 3: Skip the refund and take a rain cheque!

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    4 months ago

    If you paid in advance for an event, a class, or a service, consider taking a credit for the future instead of asking for a refund. These businesses will appreciate not needing to issue so many refunds right now.

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  • Day 4: Show gratitude!

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    4 months ago

    Keep morale up by thanking grocery, pharmacy or healthcare workers and truck drivers (to name a few) to let them know that you appreciate their hard work. Thank a local business or a front line worker to show your gratitude.

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  • Day 5: Purchase a gift card to use later!

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    4 months ago

    When business in Lake of Bays is operating normally again, you’ll be back to visit your favourite restaurants, shops, and other local businesses. Purchasing gift cards online or by phone for future use is a great way to help out now. Contact a local business and inquire about the options they have available.

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  • Day 6: Subscribe to a local business’ e-newsletter!

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    4 months ago

    Receiving e-newsletters from local businesses is a great way to stay up-to-date on their offers, products, knowledge, and more.

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  • Day 7: Shop locally online!

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    4 months ago

    Local shops and vendors may have closed their (physical) doors, but many still run online shops. Look for them on social media or check the business' website for links to their online marketplace.

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  • Day 8: Order local food for delivery or takeout!

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    4 months ago

    Many restaurants are now offering takeout even as they close their dining rooms. Support these local eateries by getting your food or drinks to-go and enjoying it at home.

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  • Day 9: Reach out to a small business owner!

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    4 months ago

    Take a moment to reach out to a small business owner and check in to see what you can do to support them – let’s take care of each other.

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  • Day 10: Post your favourite local product!

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    4 months ago

    Take a photo of your favourite product to purchase locally and post it to your social media accounts. There are so many examples in Lake of Bays.

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