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Come and get it: Mrs. MK Cafe at Stafford St. Mary is preparing to click and submit without contact.
The light is opening up for small business operators in Temaro as Level 3 opens up business opportunities.
Marie Chatak and husband Colin Chatak were busy cooking at their cafe Mrs. Ames on Tuesday before they could start clicking without contact and submit service to level 3.
“We will be clicking and collecting from 9am to 1pm,” said Maryam Chatak.
“We’re putting a cabinet and a menu in front of the store online, so people can order it.”
He thought this year’s Level 4 lockdown was easier than last year.
“It’s been a little easier, you know the rules and what you’re up to.”
Around Mrs. MK’s corner, Liza Kumble, owner and worker of Spades Supreme Julie Pratt, was also preparing to click and submit.
“It’s not the best,” Pratt said of Level 4.
He said the government’s wage subsidy had helped, but it had not gone far with overheads and rents.
Asked if she would continue the business, Pratt said it depended on how well Spreads Supreme got back on its feet.
“It depends on local support.”
At Alert Level 3, customers of supermarkets, dairies, fishermen, green grocers, petrol stations and pharmacies may be present on their premises, but must wear masks.
The list also included butchers, to relieve Mark McDonald’s butcher burgers in Temaro, but he was unhappy that butcher shops had to close below level 4.
“I’ve got a partner in Sydney and the butcher shops are open in a complete lockdown.”
He believed that the issue of opening butcher shops should have been settled between the industry and the government 18 months ago.
Under Level 4, McDonald’s ran a click-and-submit service for several days without being detected. He works from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and delivers 12 to 13 deliveries daily.
“Click and submit will help. More people will come.”
Venture Timaro is promoting an additional support for small business owners, including a voucher scheme that was launched last year, SOS (Small Spending) Business.
People can register their business online for free, then customers can buy vouchers for claims at a later date.
“It’s a great idea for gifts,” said Di Hee, Venture Timero operations manager.
“We know extraordinarily well that some people buy vouchers only to help local businesses without the intention of getting rid of them after the lockdown.
“You can buy a voucher for at least $ 5 per business, so basically the price of coffee.”
SOS Business pays direct fees to businesses only if it is a credit card transaction.
Haye wasn’t sure what the benefit was, but “last year we knew it made a difference.”
Some of the businesses listed with SOS include Mrs. Ames, Zest Restaurant, Replenishment Cafe, The Grosnor, The Running Dick (Geraldine), The Julie Potter (Timoka) and The Barn (Wemet).
SOS vouchers are available through the website sosbusiness.nz.