Life After Coronavirus For Local Business

The Coronavirus Pandemic will eventually end. What will life be like once we can again go out to eat, shop and play without fear of infection? Will your favorite local restaurant, business or entertainment venue still be in business when the crisis has passed?

With the canceling of events and CDC advice for us to stay home, many businesses are experiencing the worst possible loss in revenue ever. The drop in foot traffic and a reluctance to go out will leave shops and restaurants empty. Not only does this affect the business owner but it also means many, if not all, of their employees will be unemployed.

We would like to encourage you to consider what you can do to help others during this time.

Below are a few ideas. Can you think of more?

Purchasing a gift card to your favorite shop, entertainment venue or restaurant is an immediate way to put cash into the business. You can add a tip to help the server who is answering the phone and handling your transaction. (See tipping advice below)


For many businesses you can call in an order and pick it up or have it delivered.

For many restaurants you can also order online or by phone and pick it up or have it delivered

For so many in the service industry who earn their primary support from tips the downturn in traffic will greatly impact their income. You can help some by tipping larger amounts than you do normally. YES even when buying that gift card.

Also, please think to check on the elderly and those you know with health issues. They may be physically unable or to simply fearful to go out and purchase the supplies, medicines and food they need. Be sure to use caution to not infected those you encounter in the process.

Instead of using cash which is gross in the best of times, whenever possible consider using an alternative form of payment. Order online and pay with your credit card to minimize handling check presenters and pens. (Hand sanitizer really is helpful, though!) You can also ask if you can read your credit card number to them verbally, or even use your phone to pay.

There are many small alternatives to large box stores. Consider your local grocery and natural health stores which will help you avoid contact with large numbers of people and support local business at the same time.

The same goes for buying T-shirts, hats, glassware, and other merchandise from local brands. Have you been thinking about buying that five-panel hat from your favorite brewery or restaurant for a while? Order it now. Add it to the food order and get it delivered.

You can visit our restaurant directory online for ideas on local restaurants to support:

For Cape area markets here are a couple we suggest:  and

Any ideas or suggestions you have are welcome. What do you think?


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