A LITTLE showmanship from leading Ballarat entertainers is helping UFS pharmacies offer what they say is good "old fashioned" service in challenging times.
Sovereign Hill and Regent Cinemas have lent ropes and bollards normally used to help corral people for tickets and show so UFS can help best keep customers and staff safe under strict coronavirus prevention measures. And it looked a little nicer than plastic tapes.
Haymes Paint has also donated hard to source cleaning and disinfectant supplies for staff use in the not-for-profit pharmacies.
UFS Dispensaries chief executive officer Lynne McLennan said it was a great show of community support, particularly amid such uncertainty.
Sovereign Hill and Regent Cinemas both shut their doors more than a week ago during rolling lockdowns. For Sovereign Hill, the costs of a cut in Chinese tourism were being felt in January.
Ms McLennan said UFS teams had been working flat-chat to keep up high infection control as a critical service and such gestures from Ballarat businesses meant a lot.
Haymes Paint, which remains open, has been busy with customers keen to re-fresh their houses with a lick of paint in isolation.
But Haymes Paint Scott Parade store manager Paul Sostheim said being a Ballarat family business, doing what they could to help the community was important.
For those needing pharmacy supplies, UFS has a concierge at its front desk to screen for at-risk customers. Ropes and bollards also help prevent people from touching products and limit the numbers of people entering the pharmacy.
For more information about coronavirus, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus or phone the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 for advice if you are displaying symptoms.
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