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Shop local: the sales to support this Afterpay Day 2020

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It feels strange to be talking about any "business as usual" during this unprecedented global crisis. But, in some cases, "business as usual" can be a cathartic salve and also, a much needed supporting hand.

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis but an economic one. This week showed that 56% of Australian businesses believe we're already in recession. With many confined to their homes and social distancing encouraged (for good reason), many small and local businesses are struggling. Experts have suggested it could take our economy a decade to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

What can we do to help? Well, a healthy amount of "business as usual" shopping can offer support to those who need it most right now. Especially within our arts, culture, food and fashion industries, which are among the worst affected.

March 19 marks the first day of bi-annual sale event Afterpay Day - an online sales event that brings together some of Australia's most popular stores to offer discounts. Here at RUSSH, we're looking at the smaller and local names on the list of participating stores. These are the ones that could use our support.

We've rounded up the sales and discounts from local businesses during Afterpay Day March 2020. Keep reading to see how you can spend thoughtfully.

Afterpay Day local sales 2020

Afterpay reached out to the community to share some words around why this event was still proceeding, when so many others have been cancelled.

"We want to recognise the pressures you're facing right now. We're also thinking about our retail partners, many of whom are also under pressure.

Nor more than ever we stand together with the businesses that are essential to the fabric of our Afterpay community. That's why it's important that Afterpay Day, our bi-annual shopping event goes ahead ... You can still shop your favourite brands online and also support retailers who are facing some tough times ahead."

COVID-19 is significant and self-isolation is key. Stay informed with your health department’s latest recommendations and help out those in need wherever possible.