The community is searching for a new normal in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As residents are looking at ways to protect themselves, local businesses are looking at better ways to serve their customers.
Last week, with each new announcement from the province, saw another barrier to businesses as Albertans figured out how best to keep themselves safe. At the same time, the continuity of businesses to serve customers with their needs is vitally important to the vitality of the community.
“I guess I feel a moral obligation to my community, a community that has had my family’s well being in focus for the past two decades,” said Bernie Germain of Bernie and the Boys Bistro.
His offering at the restaurant over the last few days brings with them his own sense of optimism and fun. Ever try his Mammouth Burger? There’s a challenge for a family. What about some freshly baked french bread as a treat?
“There is really not a lot I can do, and it seems to be a very small contribution, but if everyone does something small, it becomes something big,” said Germain.
One way businesses are reaching their customers is through delivery. This could be food or goods.
With the new rules of social distancing in effect at eateries and the closure of bars, the Alberta government has allowed off-sales and delivery of alcoholic beverages. This means you can order food and a drink to your door. Valley Brewery can bring a growler of their best right to your door. They have opened up an online store at www.valleybrewing.ca
They are just one of the many businesses in Drumheller offering delivery services. The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Town of Drumheller’s efforts during this crisis and acting as a conduit for information for residents and businesses. It has compiled a list of businesses that are offering deliveries during this difficult time at www.drumhellerchamber.com
Megan’s Moves, a fitness outlet in Drumheller is using technology to reach its clients. Last week instructors Megan McLauchlin and Andrea Leavitt cancelled their Zumba, Zumba Strong and Pound exercise classes out of caution. Instead, they taught their classes online.
“I still want to be able to connect with my fitness participants so I decided to take my classes virtually,” said Mclaughlan. “Using Zoom software and an internet connection they can stream my class live from the comfort of home. I want us to stay healthy, have some fun, and be together in a time of uncertainty and isolation. I’m going to continue as long as we are to remain home.”