All businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but none have been hit as hard as small businesses.
From the uncertainty surrounding COVID and how to operate while remaining safe to entire industries being completely shut down, small businesses have faced a surge of challenges over the past year. Still, we know from experience that small businesses are the core of any town, and as a member of the small business community in Mammoth Lakes we want to do everything we can to keep our community strong.
We’ve put together a short guide to how you can do just that when you visit Mammoth Lakes below. Check it out ahead of your visit and remember to shop small!
Check for New Products
Knowing how a small business is operating in response to COVID-19 ahead of your visit makes things easier for yourself and the staff. However, it’s also important to know what new products a small business is offering due to the pandemic.
For example, knowing that a restaurant is operating via curbside pick-up will help you get your food faster, but if you know that a local restaurant is also selling cocktail kits or produce boxes then you can support them even better. The new opportunities aren’t limited to restaurants though, as many small businesses are offering workshops and seminars to their customers. The Mammoth Lakes small business community is as innovative as it is resilient, so you might be surprised by what you find!
Check out where to go shopping in Mammoth Lakes at visitmammoth.com
Follow Private and Public COVID Guidelines
By now we all know the basics of preventing the spread of COVID like wearing a mask when in public, social distancing, and washing your hands often. You can expect those guidelines and more when you visit a Mammoth Lakes small business since Mono County and the state of California have mandates that require them in all public places. You may also run into private COVID guidelines that small businesses implement themselves to protect their staff and customers.
It doesn’t matter where the guidelines come from, what matters is that you follow them.
Small businesses are required to implement social distancing and mask wearing by law, but they’re also following those guidelines because preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Mammoth Lakes helps prevent future loss of business. After all, small businesses here depend on visitors to survive more than anyone else, and if there is a surge in COVID-19 cases then travel could be halted like it has in the past.
We know they’re not always convenient, but please help small businesses stay open by following all posted COVID guidelines!
Share the Love
We may be biased, but we think the small businesses in Mammoth Lakes are some of the best in the world. If you feel the same way, share the love by sharing your experience on social media or leaving a great review online. It may seem like a small act, but small businesses need all the help they can get right now. Plus, building a small business’s reputation online will help them now and in the future.
The small businesses that call Mammoth Lakes home do so because they love it here. We all want visitors to experience everything we love about Mammoth Lakes, so make sure you take the time to enjoy yourself while you’re in town even if doing it safely is a little more complicated than usual.
Remember to shop small when possible, and stop by the ASO Mammoth shop for the best snowboard and ski gear in Mammoth Lakes!