LDP is highlighting various Rolling Fork businesses and how they responded to the Covid 19 threat. Today, we visit with the Sharkey-Issaquena County Library, Deep Delta Drugs, and Rollin’ Nutrition.
While not a business as such, our local library is an important institution that many people depend on for not only borrowing books, but also to make use of their computers and internet service. The library closed for the month of April while people were quarantined at home. While closed they cleaned well, and shut down some computer stations so that upon reopening it would be easier for users to social distance. The wifi stayed active in the event that someone needed to use it from the parking lot.
Upon reopening, the library now has barriers at the front desk and reduced hours in order to sanitize each day. They also reserve Mondays from 9 -11 a.m. for vulnerable patrons only. Other hours are 9 -3 during this time. Since many publishing houses are closed, the library is not getting any new book shipments at this time. However, they do have lots of best sellers and many other books, so give your library a visit and check out a good book to read over the long weekend!
Drug Stores are an essential business, so Deep Delta Drugs did not close down, but moved to offering curb side service and not allowing customers in the store. Since reopening, the store has a policy of allowing only 4 customers inside at one time; they request that customers wear masks, and there is a clear barrier at the checkout counter, and a mark indicating where customers should stand to remain at a safe distance.
Rollin’ Nutrition is considered a takeout business, but during the quarantine, the door was locked and only curbside service was available. Patrons could still get their teas and shakes and didn’t even have to get out of their cars! A problem this business encountered due to Covid involves the delayed shipment times due to increased nationwide ordering by everyone which has backed up UPS and Fed Ex deliveries. Therefore, they had to adjust the way they order their products.
When asked why everyone should shop locally at this time, a few answers given were:
- Local businesses provide local opportunities for jobs.
- When you shop locally, your money stays in the local economy and turns over several times here.
- To keep our town going!
- Everyone has suffered locally, our whole economy needs help.
- It’s important to support local businesses – they are there for the schools and community events, and those people need to be there for them; not just now but All the time.
Support Local, Buy Local and Keep Rolling Fork’s Businesses in Business!