The Milton Budawang Bazaar could be the next victim of COVID-19, as the statewide lockdown has made it almost impossible for the antique and giftware store to survive financially.
With the extension of the statewide lockdown until September 10, the Secretary of the Bazaar Jane McNally isn't hopeful the store can continue and may have to shut indefinitely.
"The shop has been with being going downhill since the recent school holidays," said Mrs McNally.
"We did have our ACT customers come up until the lockdown became statewide, and it's only going to get worse now that lockdown has been extended."
Located upstairs at the Milton Settlement Courtyard, the shop sells a range of locally made crafts, collectibles and giftware and is popularly visited by tourists.
Because the store has been closed, the 14 members a part of the bazaar haven't been able to make sales on their goods and have bene struggling to meet rent payments.
"We haven't been selling anything so rent has been coming out of our own pocket," said Mrs McNally.
"Now we're closed for another two weeks, we won't have the money in the bank to pay the rent.
"We're struggling to keep it open."
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Mrs McNally said the bazaar has enough money to pay the next months rent, but is uncertain about the viability of the store and will depend on whether lockdown restrictions ease in the near future.
Mrs McNally said the bazaar does not qualify for any government assistance.
"We're not entitled to any government assistance whatsoever, because of the type of store we are," she said.
"I feel like I've done everything I can, I've contacted [South Coast MP] Shelley Hancock, I've contacted [Kiama MP] Gareth Ward, I've spent hours on the phone to Service NSW."
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