Long Island officials encourage residents to shop locally this holiday season

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County is encouraging all residents to shop locally this holiday season to help businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of turning to a website of a large company from another state, County Executive Laura Curran says it is better to go out and do your shopping in your own town.

“Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving and we're really encouraging everyone to shop local,” she said. “Close to two-thirds of every dollar that you spend locally stays in the community.”

Curran says local small businesses were hurt the worst during the shutdowns and they are worried about possibly being shutdown for a second time during the busiest shopping season of the year.

“They're really concerned now about possible further restrictions, we're seeing what's happening at restaurants and gyms, and that's why it's so important we continue using those common sense protocols so that our businesses can continue to thrive, employed people and be the economic drivers of our region,” she said.

Anyone who doesn’t want to shop inside of stores because of the risk of contracting COVID-19, there are alternative options to shopping locally.

“You can absolutely order online, you can do curbside pickup,” she said.

Curran stresses the most important thing about shopping for the holiday season, however, is wearing a mask when out in public.

“Obviously, when you're going shopping, wear your mask, make sure your hands are clean and be respectful of everyone around you,” Curran said. “Our businesses have really been here for us through this pandemic, they need our help now. Let's shop local and give our downtowns a boost.”

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