The Love Local campaign, launched 13 January 2020, and originally aimed to recoup money lost to the local economy after visitors stayed away during bush fires in the upper Blue Mountains.  

Media Release: Love Local Blue Mountains' businesses after bush fire

How to love local during COVID-19

With the new, stricter measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, it can be hard to know how we can support our local businesses, while staying safe.

We are all experiencing this unprecedented health crisis and we are all feeling the impact. Our businesses are still recovering from the recent bushfires, and now face the uncertainty because of the COVID-19 virus. 

Please be kind and patient when you're shopping locally. Our businesses are doing their best to continue to serve the community, and protect their workforce.

There are many ways you can continue to support your local businesses:

  • Be kind and patient when you're shopping
  • Shop over the phone or online
  • Buy a gift card
  • Buy your groceries from a local butcher or fruit shop
  • Get takeaway or a delivery from your favourite restaurant or cafe that can no longer have patrons eat-in
  • Try a takeaway or a delivery from somewhere new
  • Leave a review online and promote on social media, so local businesses know you appreciate them during this period
  • Maintain your subscriptions

Get involved

You can also support your local businesses by sharing the Love Local campaign on social media, and using the hashtags #lovelocal #lovelocalbluemountains and #anextra20in2020.  We need as many locals, as possible, to participate.

For more information on support for small businesses affected by bush fires click here.

Local food and hospitality businesses

If you're a local food and beverage business who has moved to takeaway and delivery options during the COVID-19 restrictions, you may benefit from being listed on

You can register for no cost, and it will help let people know that you're still open and what you're offering.

Just follow the link above and add your business.

Not a business, just a hungry customer? can help you locate local restaurants, cafes, catering and event businesses that are open and offering takeaway and delivery services. It's a great resource and will help you to keep loving local.