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Local support key to continue the struggle for the South Waikato retail sector.

As South Vikato adjusts to Level 2, the message from retailers is clear – help us or we will go down.

Many businesses, which came together to run online promotions to keep themselves fast during the lockdown, could win over $ 3,000 in prizes and $ 1,000 in cash if you shop locally, he said. Level 2 has been significantly slower than last year.

The town was dead by 3 p.m., said Naik Vaya, owner of Tokorova Clothing, Florist, Home and Giftware Iron Store.

“There are lots of cars here but where is everyone? People need to support the locals because it is tough.

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“You could tell people are still scared, everyone wants to buy a bloody mask and we’ve sold it, but if that’s the new rule, we need to try to comply.”

“It’s safe to come in. We’re complying. [with Government requirements]. ”

Via said she, however, understands why people are feeling uneasy.

“I don’t blame people. [for not coming in]”I don’t want to stay here, you just want to go home,” he said.

Larry Sullivan, owner of Maurice's clothing store, believes that wearing the necessary masks can deter consumers.

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Larry Sullivan, owner of Maurice’s clothing store, believes that wearing the necessary masks can deter consumers.

“There’s still caution and anxiety and you can see it in a few people walking around,” he said.

“I hope it will still rise. I opened this store because I wanted to give back to the community and people need to support it (or) otherwise it will close.”

“You wonder where everyone is when you look outside, but I also think at the end of the day what could be the worst? If I had to close my doors, at least I could say that. I tried.

Larry Sullivan, owner of Morrissey’s clothing store, said he was also concerned about how slow the business had been.

“It’s a bit relevant. Everything flew after the last lockdown,” he said.

“It sounds a little harsh, despite the fact that now everyone has to wear a mask and get away with it. I don’t know.”

Sullivan said the store still has plenty of winter stock due to the lockdown.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“We have a lot of summer stock but we still need to clean up our winter stock so it’s a concern.

Wooden farmer team Jane Gray, Connor Stafford, owner Jenny Rhodes, Kate Golge and Gail Bell are positive things.

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Wooden farmer team Jane Gray, Connor Stafford, owner Jenny Rhodes, Kate Golge and Gail Bell are positive things.

“It doesn’t look so positive after the last lockdown.”

For Jenny Rhodes, alias Ganga, owner of Wooden Farmer Potoro Restaurant, things have started to slow down, but she feels positive business is about to begin.

“It’s been a very quiet day, but I think once I put it on Facebook that we’re really open it will start to get up,” he said.

“Last year we were a little quieter the first two days, I think everyone was a little more careful about going out, but within a day or two we were busy and had a record month.

Event Girl owner Rebecca Garner, who coordinated the promotion through her website, said businesses could not thank locals enough for their help.

“The promotion put ڈالر 10,000 back into the local business. I was blown away,” he said.

“Everyone sold something and for some businesses it meant they could pay their power bill or their staff. I don’t think some people realize how much it means.

But Garner said the struggle was real.

“We are struggling,” he said.

“We’re just trying to stay positive and wait for the levels to fall because clearly the new Level 2 rules and the 50 events are hitting us.”

Eventgirl owner Rebecca Garner is struggling to keep up with the coveted restrictions.

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Eventgirl owner Rebecca Garner is struggling to keep up with the coveted restrictions.

“We don’t have much going on, so we’re just working on what we can to save ourselves.

“We can do balloons on birthdays, steal, and if someone has a program under the age of 50, but that leaves us very limited.”

He demanded that the government reconsider the amount of support being given to such industries.

“I have always felt that there is not much government support for more harmful industries than others. You look at travel agents, us and florists and we are all put in the same bundle as That the rest is now open.

“We’re kind of waiting for the left but I’m a positive person so we’ll come out the other way, we’ll probably be a little bit upset and injured by the end of it.

“The thing that makes me proud to be in South Waikato is that people try and help you wherever they want. There are people who will keep us alive.

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