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Social distancing may help mitigate the coronavirus crisis, but it also threatens small businesses.  The drop-in foot traffic and a reluctance to go out will leave shops and restaurants empty. Here are a few ways people are helping small, local businesses.

BUY GIFT CARDS

Purchasing a gift card to your favorite shop, theater or restaurant is an immediate way to put cash into a business. Even if you are not buying anything else because you are stuck at home, you can give your local shops or favorite restaurant a vote of confidence by spending even $25 on a gift card to use later, when life returns to normal.

SHOP LOCAL — ONLINE AND OFF

Many local businesses have online stores in addition to their brick-and-mortar locations. Whenever possible, consider giving them your business. Some delivery services are available, such as Shipt (check in your area) – and many boutiques are offing offering free shipping or special deals.

ORDER IN

Your favorite restaurants may have had to shut their doors, but many of them still offer takeout or delivery. Not only does that keep the business going, it also provides income for delivery drivers. Services like Grubhub and DoorDash have sent information to customers and drivers to help ensure safe–and in some cases, contact-less–deliveries.

Some people have even suggested ordering extra food and stocking up on your favorite meals while you’re stuck indoors.

TIP A LITTLE MORE THAN USUAL 

When you order takeout, consider being a little extra generous on the tips for wait staff and delivery people, since their income will drop due to fewer patrons. A bigger tip may not directly contribute to a restaurant’s bottom line, but it does help them keep their staff so they are able to ramp up quickly when the restaurant can re-open for business.

Posted March 25, 2020 in Business News Articles

 

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