UPDATE 23/03/20: Due to national lock down announced, all but essential businesses have closed. Check updated article for businesses still open
In Milngavie, local businesses are quickly adapting to a rapidly changing reality.
Many have decided that if you do not feel comfortable visiting Milngavie precinct, then they will come to you.
A range of businesses have been offering online ordering and delivery as part of their business in this digital age.
Over the coming weeks and months, it may become their main source of revenue to keep their businesses going.
With this in mind, it is even more important for the people of Milngavie to consider the messages on the street banners around the town. “Shop, Eat and Drink Local” can be done online and with home deliveries businesses can help to keep you safe.
A dedicated page has been set up at www.milngavie.co.uk/clickandcollect with links to all businesses in Milngavie offering click and collect, telephone ordering and home deliveries.
Local business owners have been carrying out lots of cleaning and sanitizing with material supplied by the Milngavie business improvement district (BID). A further batch of hand and surface wipes will be delivered this week to all businesses to continue to wipe down surfaces and door handles to help minimize the risks.
Chair of the BID and local business owner, Graeme Ross commented “these are unprecedented times that will be the most challenging for many business owners including my own. We would like to appeal to the people of Milngavie to support us where they can, to help us survive. Local business owners are also offering great promotions to try to attract people, but we appreciate people will have their minds on other things.
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and if local people are ‘social distancing’ and would like to cheer up their mum, there are a number of local businesses who can deliver a gift for them”.
Businesses in Milngavie will continue to work and keep their premises open, until instructed by the UK Government to close. In the meantime, the general message to everyone is to stay safe and follow sensible guidelines to minimize the chances of catching or spreading COVID-19.
In these unpredictable and changing times, it is important to support our local businesses and each other as much as we can.