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As one of the industries hit the hardest by the outbreak, many hospitality businesses have proven flexibility is key in times like these. A growing number of cafes, restaurants and wine shops now offer home-delivery services, including contact-free delivery for people who are self-isolating.
Among them is Newcastle cafe Estabar, which focuses on healthy, local, seasonal produce. They have started delivering a DIY, immunity-boosting breakfast to people’s doorsteps – on a skateboard.
Townsville’s A Touch of Salt has also put measures in place to keep its customers well-fed. The owners have decided to switch up their menu to make it deliverable and provide ‘Lockdown Dinner Packs’ of restaurant-quality, freezable meals. They’re also adapting their private catering service to suit groups of all sizes.
Moreover, they’re planning to launch ‘Cook Like a Pro Food Boxes’ of high-quality ingredients for home delivery, including a recipe and YouTube link on how to cook or prepare the meal.
Resourceful health and fitness businesses are also exploring new ways of servicing their clients. Many doctors, counsellors and alternative health care professionals now offer remote consultations and home delivery of herbs and supplements. Sydney nutritionist and personal trainer Rachael Fisher, for example, has altered her service-delivery model to offer in-home and virtual Skype sessions in addition to studio workouts.
To allow members to participate in classes while in isolation, exercise studios have begun live-streaming their classes and build out online video libraries.
Melbourne’s Laneway Dance is one of a growing number of businesses that have started moving classes online, like their weekly Magical Moves children's dance classes to help children stay active and engaged.