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No time for April fools

Today's edition of the Western Wheel falls on April Fool's Day.

Often, when a newspaper comes out on this day, there might be the odd headline like Seven-foot goldfish found in Okotoks storm-water pond as part of a prank.

But this isn't the year for shenanigans. If only the headlines concerning COVID-19 and the tightening economy were just some sort of April 1 trick.

However, that is not the case, and Okotoks and Foothills area residents and businesses have to come up with solutions to get through these next few months -- a tough situation in these lockdown days.

They aren't throwing in the towel.

At Hubtown Brewing, while still selling its craft beer at its store -- limited amount of people, social distancing being strictly enforced of course — it has gone the extra distance for its customers. It now offers a delivery service for customers -- maybe helping those who 'ale' from the self-isolation blues.

Meanwhile, Regan Dickson-Nerbas, owner of An Honest Room, had to shut her doors down at her home décor store on Elizabeth Street just four days after opening on March 14.

The doors are shut, but business is still going as she goes online.

Art galleries in the area are busy working on an initiative to keep their work in the forefront for residents.

And Okotokians can do their part by supporting local businesses like getting take-out at restaurants trying to stay open.

Hopefully announcements like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's to cover a portion of salaries will help -- everything helps.

But Okotoks businesses are proving they are in there for the long haul.

And maybe next year, there will be an April Fool's story in the Wheel.

Not the one about a goldfish, but a hardworking ant knocking down a rubber tree plant.


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