"The difficult thing is we don't know how long it will go on."
Business Taree (formerly known as Taree Business Chamber) president John Stevens said Manning businesses will be left in limbo for some time in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.
From Monday, March 23, pubs and clubs were forced to close as the federal government moved to curb the spread of the virus.
It may only be a matter of time before all retail outlets feel the pinch.
"The biggest thing at the moment is uncertainty," Mr Stevens said.
It's been a difficult time for businesses in the past four months following the bushfire crisis.
Current restrictions and issues with the coronavirus have only added to the emotional toll.
"There are plenty of people who have already felt the toll of the bushfire crisis," Mr Stevens said.
"Some of them might stop because they're broken and tired not because they are broke.
"We definitely need the community to come together."
Earlier this week, the federal government announced a series of measures to ensure the Australian economy stays afloat during the crisis.
These are being administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
In a bid to boost clash flow for employers, eligible small and medium businesses, not-for profit organisations and charities will be able to access government payments.
Eligibility will be based on prior year turnover.
Designed to increase confidence, help employers retain staff and keep entities operational, the payments (as a credit) won't be available until at least April 28 for businesses who have lodged activity statements.
Mr Stevens said this assistance should be available sooner.
"Businesses need liquidity to remain solvent," Mr Stevens said.
"No one is getting cash into businesses- that's what pays wages."
People directly impacted by coronavirus can access up to $10,000
of their superannuation in this financial year and a further $10,000 in the next financial year. This could have an impact on the future viability of people's funds.
Mr Stevens feared sole traders could be overlooked during this period.
"I'm not a sole trader but I can't remember the last time I made a voluntary super contribution," Mr Stevens added.
Measures for them include increased instant asset write-off, accelerated income support and early access to superannuation. Through the government's second stimulus package, fortnightly welfare payments have been boosted.
This has prompted many employed people to question if a Newstart allowance would provide a better short term income.
Regardless of the economic outcome to the coronavirus, the best thing to do is shop local.
Mr Stevens suggested residents could pay for a good or service now and hold off until the pandemic is cleared to pick it up or receive.
"There are little things we can do to get around it and help these businesses out," Mr Stevens said.
"We can also support local deliveries- your parcel from Amazon isn't going to get to you any quicker than the local shoe shop."
With restrictions to cafes and restaurants, some Manning shops have already taken the initiative to incorporate new takeaway and delivery services.