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How to support local businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

Local business is the backbone of Gloucester’s economy. With the COVID-19 pandemic on the minds of citizens across the globe, small businesses everywhere are being impacted.

Locally, many small businesses are finding innovative ways of staying afloat during uncertain times.

“As consumers, many of us can help support our small businesses from the comforts of our homes, offices, cars, or other means while maintaining social distance,” said Elizabeth Ripley of the office Gloucester County Economic Development. She offered some suggestions on how to support local businesses during this trying time.

Consumers are encouraged to buy gift cards for a future purchases that they know they will make. While it is not advisable to go into debt to do so, with some local spots, a gift certificate is as good as cash when you frequent their establishment. Some retail establishments are also running gift card specials.

Another way to support local business is to call your favorite local res...

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