How to Help Small Restaurants During the Covid-19 Crisis
COVID-19 is damaging. That much is extremely clear. Not only is it having devastating health effects, but it’s having economical effects that are far-reaching as well.
Most of us aren’t doctors, so besides following the CDC and WHO guidelines and helping out where and when we can, it’s easy to feel a little hopeless. But there are things that you can do in the meantime, if you can afford it, to help out your local economy.
Small restaurants and family-run businesses are so important to towns and cities. To lose them would be horrible. Unfortunately, apart from take-out, most restaurants and small businesses are not able to open during this pandemic. It makes sense, but financially, it’s going to leave many of them in a very tough position.
The good news is, there are things we can do to support these businesses in this time of uncertainty. And we’re going to give you a few ideas.
Many places offer gift cards. This allows you to provide some money upfront for the business that you can redeem later. It’s encouraging to the business because it tells them you’re hoping and expecting them to still be around after the pandemic, and it creates immediate cash flow.
If your favourite local restaurant or business does not do gift cards, ask them to consider starting now. They don’t have to order anything fancy. A quick print-out will do. This is a global crisis after all.
Purchase Take-Out or Delivery
Restaurants are still allowed to be open if they are only serving take-out or delivery. Perhaps make it your goal to eat out more often than usual during this pandemic if you can afford it. Consider take-out once or twice a week in the name of supporting your local businesses.
This applies both to restaurants and other businesses. Many small businesses are creating online inventory and either allowing drop-off or pick-up for the items you order. This is allowing them to continue selling despite their physical doors being shut. Don’t assume that because a place is closed, it is impossible to buy products from them. Check first to see if they’re offering any products online.
Be Active on Their Social Media
Support your local restaurants and businesses through word of mouth. Share their posts to make sure they’re still on people’s minds. Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks are popular for local businesses. Tag them in photos from past visits, and make posts saying you can’t wait to go back when they’re open again. This is both encouraging to the owners as well as good for their business.
If you are ordering online, take-out, delivery, or you’ve simply visited a place in the past, leave them a positive review. Remind people of the exceptional service they can get at your local restaurants or businesses and tell everyone why you love this particular business so much. Hopefully, when everything opens up again, these reviews will have people excited to stop by and see what all the fuss is about.
Donate to or Create a GoFundMe
If you have some money to spare, and a business is running a GoFundMe to help them stay afloat, consider donating. Share the GoFundMe on your page, even if you can’t donate, as it may reach people who can. If you know a local business or two are struggling after or during this pandemic, consider even starting a GoFundMe on their behalf. Who knows? Maybe they’ll name their next sandwich after you!
Coping during this pandemic is stressful. I know money is tight for many of us. I’m getting less than half of my regular shifts, and have not yet had the chance to apply for assistance. That’s this week’s task. It’s going to be a bumpy road. So if you can’t support a business or restaurant financially, consider using the free options on this list. But if you can support them financially, consider doing so. After all, your local restaurants and businesses are what makes your town unique. They’re a staple to your local economy and your town wouldn’t be the same without them.
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