This Christmas shopping season in downtown Timmins, “BYOB” means ”Bring your own bubble.”

BIA executive director Cindy Campbell says it’s a COVID-friendly way to increase shopping downtown.

“Folks can bring a group – anywhere from one to ten – make an appointment at any of their favourite retailers and just spend an hour, locked in, just their own bubble, safe, doing what they love doing: shopping.”

Campbell adds that the promotion also supports local shopping, instead of online retailers.

“The appointments are at the complete discretion of the retailers themselves,” she points out. “Some are adjusting their hours to accommodate this promotion, some are expanding their hours.”

The program is in effect until Christmas. Campbell says the updated list of participating businesses is on the BIA Facebook page.