Bayside’s resilient businesses

Bayside businesses continue to recover from last year’s extended closures with the support of residents and visitors Rediscovering Bayside and exploring everything our wonderful municipality has to offer.

Local businesses continue to receive Council support in the way of rebates on fees for Food Act registrations and Footpath Trading permits and access to Council’s rate hardship policy. Bayside Council’s popular outdoor dining program is also supporting traders to recover from the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Cr Laurence Evans OAM said community support has become a lifeline for many businesses.

“It’s great to hear the positive impact the outdoor dining has had and the recent further easing of restrictions paves the way for better trading conditions for all Bayside businesses,” Cr Evans said.

“The ongoing support from Council and the community will go far in the social and economic recovery of Bayside’s traders.

We know the risk is far from over but thanks to the incredible work of all Victorians, we’re continuing to stay safe and stay open and see the Bayside businesses we all love, return to life again.”

Bayside business Smile Buffalo was identified as an outbreak location during the Black Rock cluster towards the end of last year.

The eatery was applauded for their check-in process that helped facilitate effective contract tracing, bringing the outbreak swiftly under control. Smile Buffalo owner Navara Kingtada is grateful for the community support.

“The support from the community has been overwhelming and we’re so happy to welcome people back into our restaurant,” Navara said.

Residents are reminded to follow current restrictions, continue to sign in when visiting venues and get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. The main testing location in Bayside is Sandringham Hospital.

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