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Shopping local at markets pivots to online 

Byron Markets has moved online in a bid to support its struggling stallholders to service the local community during COVID-19.

Social distancing rules have forced market management to suspend the town’s community, twilight and beachside markets. And while the lockdown laws are easing, it could be some time before they’re open for business again.

Byron Markets Manager Kate Hardman said, ‘COVID-19 is forcing businesses to pivot quickly to stay in the game, and some of our market’s micro-businesses are not cut out for that.

‘We have stallholders who have been trading with us for over 25 years, and they rely heavily on the markets for their income.

‘Hundreds of families are suffering because of this downturn, and we need to support our markets community as much as we can until this time has passed.

‘I encourage our community to shop local and support locals however they can as well.’

Organisers have set up an online directory to help customers find their favourite micro-business from the markets, or just to browse through the different stalls.

Visit the Byron Markets Online Directory at www.byroncentre.com.au/byron-markets-online-directory.


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