Now, more than ever, we as a community need to support local businesses.
That's why we are offering a free service for south-west businesses to tell our readers how they are re-opening as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Over the past eight weeks we have seen the region's shops, cafes, restaurants and other businesses pivot and work as hard as they can to serve customers and keep cash flowing. We know it's been incredibly tough.
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced some businesses including cafes, restaurants and pubs can re-open on June 1 to serve 20 customers at a time per enclosed space.
He said if everything went well, venues could be allowed 50 patrons by June 22 and 100 by the second half of July.
Mr Andrews said the decision depended on how COVID-19 infections were tracking.
When the impact of the pandemic and restrictions hit, The Standard launched a free online directory called Open For Business. As restrictions begin to ease we will now be turning our focus to a Back In Business campaign.
We are giving you the opportunity to tell our readers you are open for business and where they can find you.
You can register your business for free in our directory.
Business hour will be a weekly session each Wednesday evening, from 6pm to 7pm, where we will be encouraging local businesses to comment on a Facebook post on our page to show they are open.
We'll be pinning the post to our page at 6pm each Wednesday for the next four weeks where businesses can comment and tell our more than 40,000 Facebook followers what they are doing in their return to business.
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