Hospitality businesses in the region continue to innovate in the face of coronavirus restrictions introduced by the government..
But some fear their innovations will only take them so far as facilities continue to shut down and residents stay at home.
The Marong Family Hotel has gone from operating its pub, restaurant and takeaway seven days a week to having its takeaway open for three nights a week.
Hotel owner Robyn Lougoon said the Marong community had been regular visitors for takeaway food in the last week. This week the business is also introducing home delivery for the first time.
"It's been pretty solid right through last week," she said. "We're closed at the moment but doing takeaway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
"We did a lot of takeaways on Friday night and let people know we're operating this weekend. We have home delivery this weekend within our (area) and will see how that goes."
"We're doing that to keep full-time staff in some sort of role as well as for the customer service. We will judge after this weekend to see if worthwhile continuing that."
Ms Lougoon said she had already let go 15 casual workers due to the restrictions.
"The staff I spoke were registering for help, it is hard for casual hospitality staff," she said.
"We're just a little pub and we will have to deal with (what is presented) and try get through. Hopefully the government stimulus will help us get through but bills (still need to be paid.
"We will be okay though, we have been in industry for 12 years and are not in the worst scenario. It will probably a be a bit tough but there will be no problems being able to re-open whether it is in a month or six. Hopefully it's not six months."
Down the road in Maiden Gully, Bakehouse Blitz has been able to maintain business as usual this week.
Manager Sarah Rhodes said there were no seats in the floor and customers were opting to shop closer to home at the bakery and IGA supermarket.
"It's takeaway for all our products and there's no sitting in the store," she said. "We're using more sanitiser and washing hands a lot more regularly.
"Customers aren't able to use keep cups or re-usable bags and we are encouraging them to use paypass and practice social distancing."
The store's bakers had been flat out keeping up with demand for bread and family-sized pies.
"We have noticed an increase in family pies being sold," Ms Rhodes said. "Last week we were a lot busier and made three times the amount of bread and rolls and were still running out by end of day.
"This week has slowed a little with schools closing but we're still up and going. People are walking through door and we have had no job losses.
"The only thing we have been short on is when we run out of bread. But we have been able to get flour and as long as we can do that we're able to keep up with products."
The increase in business was welcome for Ms Rhodes and her team.
"We're so grateful that we can keep running," she said. "The most important thing is the community support we're getting. People are coming in, making phone orders and being supportive of the changes we have made for health and safety reasons. That's what most appreciative of is that support."
In Strathfieldsaye, the bakery is considering introducing a takeaway window to make it easier and safer for people to get bread and coffee.
Strathfieldsaye Bakery owner Sarah Evans said business had been unpredictable in recent times.
"Last week was a massive week. We pretty much sold out of bread every day," she said. "Then out of the blue one day, we had so much left over. Yesterday we sold out again and today has been really quiet.
"We're looking at a takeaway window for coffees and bread because no doubt we will get to point where you're not allowed in the shop. So we're being proactive in that way.
"Hopefully we will stay open as long as possible. Longevity and pro-activity is what going for."
The restriction on eating in restaurants and cafes means the prominent seating offered by the bakery is packed away and the introduction of school holidays has also slowed business.
"We're a bakery with a lot of seating and that has affected us today," Ms Evans said. "People are willing to get takeaway coffee but the draw was the seating.
"Being the first day of school holidays, we rely on that (school-morning) trade. It will be interesting going forward. I have sent staff home early today and hopefully we can keep staff on but depends on next few days."
The bakery employs 15 staff and has not made cuts but Ms Evans said the economy would become a concern.
"I'm not frustrated. I'm more concerned than anything," she said. "You literally just take it day in, day out. I feel bad for the staff more than anything. If I cant give them work, that's the stress for me.
"I can't see us having enough work for 15 people. You want to give staff work but you have got to look after your hip pocket.
"Luckily we have great community that supports us and we plan to stay open. "But (as more) are out of work, at what point do people say they cant afford bakery bread and just go to the supermarket?"
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