Pilbara businesses had already begun feeling the significant impacts of coronavirus just days before the government announced all licensed premises to close and restaurants and cafes to be restricted to takeaway only. Lo’s Cafe Karratha manager Steven Lo, pictured, said sales at the cafe dropped in the past two weeks by about 30 per cent. “I believe some people have started to worry about the virus, so they don’t go out. “Another thing is Hungry Jacks had its first day open, so maybe it’s from Hungry Jacks, maybe it’s from the virus, I’m not sure.” Mr Lo said while he maintained strict hygiene, his main concern was produce availability and restrictions. “We do our daily shopping to buy milk, fresh vegetables and meat. But there is so much stock they are short of,” he said. “There was also a limit on how much milk and eggs I could buy.” Mr Lo said he implemented a 20 per cent discount for supermarket, hospital, medical centre, pharmacy, airport and airline employees until April 2. Blue Lips Fish and Chips Exmouth owner Jodie Moir said while this time of year was usually busy, they had seen a 20 per cent drop in business. “It was a lot quieter,” she said. “We are trying to encourage phone orders so that people aren’t hanging around and waiting around the shop.” Ms Moir said she also increased sanitation measures, encouraged phone payments and removed plastic strips from the front entrance to stop the virus spreading. “If it just doesn’t get busy enough we will get to the point where we just can’t open. It’s really unknown,” she said. “Everybody is just rallying together trying not to spread, but also trying to support local business.” Kader Boot Co Paraburdoo owner Kara Lauder said they were continuing to open by appointment only. “It’s actually perfect for this situation because it means people are shopping on their own,” she said. “We won’t be telling people what days we are open because we don’t want a group of people there at the same time. “We assume over the coming weeks we will probably start getting less orders from other stores that stock our boots, so it’s probably going to start impacting us soon,” she said. Meanwhile, Evolution’s Nightclub in Karratha announced last Thursday their doors were temporarily closed, with director Shane Bowler saying he made the decision due to the Government’s gathering restrictions and social distancing recommendations.