Amidst the constantly changing Covid-19 advisories, one thing is for sure – businesses at every level are hurting. Some are better positioned to ride out this storm of course. But small, independent businesses and startups will most likely bear the brunt of this ongoing situation. Just how bad does it look? Veteran restaurateur Willin Low predicts that 88 per cent of restaurants here may end up closing their business – permanently – over the next 30 days, despite government grants and reliefs. We do not know the exact number for now but let us not allow the situation to ever reach those unthinkable depths, be it in the F&B industry or otherwise.
As no one wants to see their favourite bookstore, cinema, florist, cafe and countless others hobbled like this, we’ve reached out to some of our favourite local businesses across different industries to learn how they have been impacted, what you can do as a consumer to chip in and what these business owners are doing to boost their morale. If you are in a position to help, please do so by all means.