Open for business – how traders have adapted to COVID-19 restrictions

Published on 30 April 2020


There are many businesses in the City of Maribyrnong that have been quick to adapt to the COVID-19 restrictions. Traders have adjusted their products and services to include online purchases, pick-up/ delivery options and safe distancing measures to keep the local economy pumping.

Awarded Chef Ashley Davis of Copper Pot in Seddon began adapting his business even before stage three COVID-19 restrictions were introduced. He’d followed news reports of the spread of the disease in Europe and decided to take precautionary measures by converting his business model from a dine in restaurant, to an order and pickup service. He offers specials with a bottle of wine as well as old favourites from his online menu.

He is not alone, Maribyrnong City Council’s website lists a number of restaurants that were once dine in only and that have now become pickup and delivery.

While other businesses have changed their products to meet growing demand. Multi-award winning Botany Essentials, a local Braybrook manufacturer of quality hair, skin and health care products that distributes worldwide, has now focused on producing hand sanitisers and surface spray commercial grade disinfectant under their Pure South label. 

Businesses have also increased their online presence, using Facebook as a means to promote sales, new products and interaction with their customers in addition to providing a pick up or delivery service.

Businesses can keep connected and informed by subscribing to Council’s daily e-business newsletter, which includes promotion of free webinars, for more information contact

For list of businesses open visit

Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter said:

“Many of our retailers live locally and choosing to buy directly from those that have adapted to COVID-19 restrictions, means we’re helping a neighbor.

“We’re also keeping the life blood of our local economy pumping every time we make a purchase from one of our traders, who often employ those living in our community.

“You can check who is open for business by scrolling through the directory of local businesses that’s on our website. It’s great to see the list grow every day as businesses add to it!”

Caption: Chef Ashley Davis of Copper Pot in Seddon with Maribyrnong City Council’s Cr Martin Zakharov.


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