Thursday 24th April 2020
As we move through the Covid-19 Alert Levels and life begins to resemble life of old (albeit
with some adjustments), Napier’s inner city will begin to again feel like great CBD we’ve
come to know and love.
While we’re living in Alert Level 3, many businesses within the CBD will re-open, although
their offering may still be restricted. Many restaurants will find creative ways to operate,
some offering take-home meals and deliveries. Bookstores and other retailers will open
online, able to take orders and deliver to your door.
While we encourage you to support the businesses that can operate now, we also urge you
to keep something aside for when the other businesses that have had to remain closed
throughout, can finally open their doors again.
What makes Napier’s CBD so special is its people. They’re the store owners, the
restaurateurs, the art gallery owners and the tourism operators. Our favourite hairdressers,
shop staff and baristas. They’re the people who work in businesses housed in the beautiful
Art Deco buildings dotted around the city.
And they are the people who have taken the hardest hits during the Covid-19 crisis. They’re
the lifeblood of our city and we need to support them.
Online shopping and contactless deliveries might be convenient, but miss one very
important ingredient: human interaction. People make communities. For most of us, going
out for coffee is much more than getting a daily fix, it’s about connecting with friends, family
and colleagues or simply enjoying some downtime. We love the friendship we have with
favourite hairdresser, barber, beauty therapist or specialty shop owner and we can’t wait
until we can reacquaint ourselves with them again.
Getting people back into the city will be vital to the ongoing success of many businesses
once we’re in our ‘new normal’ post-Covid 19.
As we recover and rebuild, supporting ‘local’ will be more important than ever if we want to
ensure Napier is again alive and vibrant.
Check out our website to see all the wonderful businesses and people who make
Napier the best little city in New Zealand.