Wagga's hospitality venues urgently calling for Christmas party bookings is just another stark reminder that we are all in this together, whether it's keeping COVID-19 at bay or keeping our communities and businesses alive.
Just as it can only be up to us to wash our hands regularly and stay home when we're unwell, it's also up to us to do our bit for the local economy.
Unlike the start of the pandemic, and months of harder restrictions, we don't have to stay in hibernation anymore. As long as everyone can follow safety protocols, there's a semblance of normality to be enjoyed.
Supporting our community is a huge part of that, and the turn-out to recent events held in the region show we're more than willing to do so.
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It can be as simple as picking up a locally-made good on display at your favourite cafe, or sharing social media shots of Wagga or Riverina wares.
You could book a table at one of the region's pubs or restaurants for a quiet night with the family or a not-so-quiet one with friends.
The next time you spot a gig or show coming up you think you'd enjoy, reserve the ticket.
Choose a trip to the cinema instead of a night of endless Netflix scrolling and "have you seen this?" every once in a while.
And if things are a little tight, and dinners out or drinks after work aren't the greatest option for your circumstances, there are little ways to make a difference.
Head to the Thursday farmer's market or a grocer for your fruits and vegetables - most of it's cheap, locally-grown and super fresh.
Go for a wander around some of the city's beautiful walking tracks or pack a picnic and head off for a day-trip to give one of our neighbours a boost.
Snap a photo or two and share it with the world - that's promoting our region.
Who knows who could be enticed into the exploring the Riverina from that one photo?
We've come a long way since March - now, much of our old life is merely a QR code, a pump of hand sanitiser and just a little adapting away.