Lower Eyre businesses adapt to assist customers during COVID

LOADING: Cummins Meat Store co-owner Glenn Buddle puts a meat delivery into the car boot of a local customer. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

LOADING: Cummins Meat Store co-owner Glenn Buddle puts a meat delivery into the car boot of a local customer. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

As South Australia continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, local businesses are doing their part to minimise the impact and continue to serve their community.

Businesses including eateries and health services have strategies to minimise physical contact with customers.

This includes the provision of food services with Cummins Meat Store providing a contactless service for residents.

Co-owner Nicole Buddle said it was a set up they had implemented during the last outbreak which saw customers ring ahead to order, which when they arrive can be loaded into the boot of their car with an EFTPOS machine brought to the car window so they did not have to even enter the shop.

"Not everyone feels comfortable walking into shops now, it's just doing that extra thing to help them get through it, which is what country towns are all about," she said.

Tumby Bay businesses are also assisting residents, Tumby Bay Bakery, like many eateries across the region have changed to take away only with quick in-out service to minimise time and numbers within the store.

Owner Debbie White said staff were all on the same page when it came to COVID protocols and the store was cleaned every night.

"We are trying to keep our staff and customers safe," she said.

Meanwhile Neindorf Friendly Grocer is conducting deliveries across the district to ensure customers can still have access to groceries.

Owner Paul Neindorf said staff wanted to make sure they and their customers remained safe and healthy during this challenging time.

"We are trying to help out customers wherever we can, especially the elderly as they are some of the most vulnerable," he said.

It is not just food businesses minimising contact with patrons but health and wellbeing businesses as well.

EP Physio Plus in Port Lincoln has been using telehealth appointments with physios and exercise physiologists providing advice and treatment through an online format.

Owner and physio Matt Hayman said the telehealth setup allowed for physios to provide the same services and help clients without them leaving home.

"I hate to think that people are sitting at home and thinking they can't do anything, but with this we can get a lot done and help people to help themselves," he said.