Social distancing is one of the strongest defenses an individual can take to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Unfortunately, a consequence of self-quarantining is that local businesses—particularly shops, restaurants, and coffee shops—are experiencing a significant drop in sales.
When practicing social distancing, here are 5 ways you can support your favorite local businesses and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
5. Purchase Gift Cards
If you’re in a comfortable economic situation where you can fork over some cash now and redeem it later, a gift card to your favorite shop, restaurant, or coffee house immediately puts cash into the business.
Buy a gift card to your favorite restaurant and then, when the crisis calms, you can treat yourself to a night out.
4. Order Take Out
While you’re self-quarantining and quickly getting sick of your own cooking, help out a local restaurant and order take out.
3. Tip Generously
Show your appreciation to your favorite barista, bartender, or server and tip generously.
Service industry workers are among the hardest hit during the coronavirus crisis. With fewer patrons, businesses will cut hours and a lot of people will continue to suffer a loss of income.
An extra generous tip from you would mean a lot in helping the community through the coronavirus crisis.
2. Buy Merchandise
Never underestimate the joy of an impulse-purchase. Treat yourself to a t-shirt, mug, or water bottle from one of your favorite coffee shops. It will help the business during this tough time and it shows your support for their service.
1. Ask How You Can Help
This is a confusing time for individuals, businesses, communities, and countries. Talk empathetically and with open ears to your local business owners and ask how you can help them during this tough time. Begin to brainstorm untraditional ways you can assist their business, including child care, elder care, cleaning, or running errands.