Port Lincoln business resolve to stay active

PRODUCT: Jason Stephenson with one of the boxes being prepared at Boston Bay Smallgoods. Photo: supplied

PRODUCT: Jason Stephenson with one of the boxes being prepared at Boston Bay Smallgoods. Photo: supplied

Local businesses have adapted to current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are encouraging their local customers to continue shopping local.

Businesses have been working with restrictions in place, including restaurants and cafes restricted to take away and/or home delivery and maintaining a one person per four square metres rule.

Beer Garden Brewing is one business that has changed providing free delivery of its locally brewed beers across Port Lincoln, with the possibility of expanding to Coffin Bay, Cummins and Tumby Bay.

Owner Janie Butterworth said while the brewery side of the business was still active with staff employed, the pub and restaurant side was not.

"We had to let go of half of our staff, because we can't open we can't continue to pay them," she said.

"We are looking at all government incentives we can to help pay out our wages to us get through.

Mrs Butterworth said the business was striving to be in a good position as when it reopens there would be jobs available.

Boston Bay Smallgoods is another Port Lincoln business that has changed its approach, targeting butchers in Adelaide instead of its traditional restaurant customers.

Owner Jason Stephenson said the business had taken a $5000 per week hit in revenue with restaurants being closed.

The business is also providing meat boxes into future with people and families able to buy packages filled with vacuum-packed cuts of meat.

Mr Stephenson said the business needed to keep going and there had been plenty of local support.

"We don't have an option, the pigs are getting bigger and bigger," he said.

"We're all in all day, every day.

"Locals have been fantastic in supporting us."

In an uncertain business environment in the shadow of COVID-19, local customers are being encouraged to continue spending with local businesses to keep them afloat.

Mrs Butterworth said she implored everyone in the community to look at supporting all businesses in the community as there was plenty of products still being produced locally.

"We're very lucky where we live as we do have an abundance of produce such as seafood, fruit and vegetables, wine, beer and coffee," she said.

"We have everything we need here and we just need to continue to support each other."