It’s been a tough year for small businesses and restaurants.

That’s no different for those operating in the Comox Valley.

Jenny Deters is a business owner and President of the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association.

She says while some have felt the pressure, thanks to the community most are actually doing well.

“This has really been a good example of how our community always comes together. People have been shopping local since the pandemic started. They have really worked hard to keep our money local. We’ve seen it in our businesses and even my restaurant owner friends have seen their businesses.”

“We’re very lucky to live where we are and people really take care of our community and take care of our local businesses.”

Last week, the province announced that the Circuit Breaker Restrictions, which don’t allow restaurants to have customers inside would extend until the end of the May long weekend.

Deters says while that doesn’t affect most businesses in the downtown area, it does hurt restaurants and gives valley residents the opportunity to really help out.

“It’s definitely really hard for restaurants. I think people should be ordering out locally at least once a week, if not more. It’s really important right now that is where we are putting our money, and that we are not worrying so much about eating out less. Right now is a good time to eat out. They need us and this is how they can keep their businesses going and support their staff.”

Struggling businesses in the Comox Valley and others across the province are able to get some help thanks to new funding announced Monday as well.