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COMING TOGETHER
IN A TIME OF NEED
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Amind the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with many local residents practising self-isolation, here are some simple ways you can support our friends, neighbours and local businesses.
CHECK IN ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS
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It only takes a minute to reach out to your neighbours and offer support if they need it.  Our seniors and vulnerable residents are especially at risk.

Here are a couple of great ways to do that, which were shared by the folks at
Tango.
Here's a print-at-home postcard you can drop in the mailboxes of your neighbours that might need help.  A Toronto resident created this supportive note which you could also use.
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES 
Here are 7 Ways to Support the Small Businesses
in Our Community During the Coronavirus Crisis
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1. Order Takeout or Delivery

Your favorite restaurants may have had to shut their doors, but many of them still offer takeout or delivery. Not only does that keep the business going, it also provides income for delivery drivers. Services like UberEats and DoorDash have sent information to customers and drivers to help ensure safe--and in some cases, contact-less--deliveries. 

2. Buy Gift Cards

Want to inject some cash into a small business right now? Buy a gift card. Even if you aren't buying anything else because you're stuck at home, you can give your local shops or favorite restaurant a vote of confidence by spending even $25 on a gift card to use later, when life returns to normal.

3. Shop Local Businesses Online

Many local businesses have online stores in addition to their brick-and-mortar locations. Whenever possible, consider giving them your business.

4. Use Credit or Debit Cards

When you do go shopping, use a credit or debit card instead of cash. Paper money and coins pass through so many hands and carry all types of germs. Limiting the amount of cash you use can help limit the spread of those germs, which is especially important right now.

5. Stay Home if You're Sick

Don't put others at risk if you're sick. That seems like common sense, but consider using a delivery service if there's something you really need. Many of the small businesses in your community are working hard to get through this. The last thing they need is for their employees to get sick because a customer went out when they shouldn't have.

6. Be Patient

In many cases, businesses are working at a dramatically reduced capacity. There's a good chance that you'll experience longer waits or encounter out-of-stock items. Trust me, every business is feeling that pain. They want nothing more than to be able to meet your needs. When they can't, extend a little grace and patience, remembering that they're working hard to stay open and serve their community.

7. Say Thank You

When you do go to the grocery store to buy what you need (as opposed to hoarding toilet paper), be sure to say thanks to the employees who are hard at work stocking shelves. It can be easy to forget that many of those employees are working overtime to keep their store clean and full of the food and supplies customers need. A simple thank you can go a long way to spreading a little gratitude and goodwill. 

Which, as opposed to spreading germs, is something we could all use a little more of right now. 

This article was originally published by Inc.com. It has been modified for context and clarity.
Our association reached out to a number of local agencies in our area this week to see if there are additional ways we can support them during this crisis.

Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services responded to let us know they're looking for a lead on single-use thermometers and are also short on disinfecting wipes.

If you are able to help with either of these items, please send an email to info@cabbagetownsouth.ca.  We are coordinating collection and will drop everything to them.
STAY INFORMED
Here are links to official and up-to-date COVID-19 information:
  • City of Toronto
    • Information from Toronto Public Health on local cases, how to protect yourself and where to seek further medical support.
  • Ontario Government
    • Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.
  • Government of Canada
    • Updates on the national response, travel advice and preparedness.
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IDEAS TO PASS THE TIME
Here are some things you can do at home to keep busy and happy right now:
  • Take our Cabbagetown South self-guided walking tour. It takes one hour to complete and is a great way to get outside and learn about the history of some of our local homes.  Download the map  and full tour HERE.
  • You can also tour these amazing 10 Historic Homes virtually.  Link here. 
  • Start your Spring gardening.
  • Do an at-home workout.  There are number of free ones that don't require weights or equipment that you can find on YouTube.
  • Sweep in front of your home and pick-up litter.
  • Watch one of the virtual concerts that stars like Chris Martin, John Legend and Keith Urban have done. You can read about them here.
  • TIME has a great list of activities and suggestions for kids.
  • CBC Life also has compiled a list of activities to keep the adults entertained too.
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