The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new norm for daily life across the country. From local governments closing all non-essential businesses to restaurants resorting to take-out only, mom and pop shops and their loyal workers are among the hardest hit by this global crisis. In the face of this situation, though, these small businesses are still supplying cozy t-shirts to wear during long hours at home and orders to-go for when you’re tired of cooking. Here are a few steps you can take to show your support for restaurants and retail stores in your community as we face this ever-evolving situation together.
Ways to Support Local Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic
1. Order Remotely
For restaurants and retail shops alike, small businesses often give you the option to have their product delivered to your door. Whether it’s tonight’s dinner or your newest work from home t-shirt, you can support local shops by calling or ordering through their website.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have increased their safety protocol with contactless delivery, more extensive kitchen sanitation methods, and other necessities to keep your health a priority. Reach out to the businesses you want to support, or visit their websites to learn more about how they are responding to this health crisis.
2. Buy a Gift Card
In many areas of the country, families are sheltering-in-place and trying to limit contact with any outside hazards. While this measure can limit your options in the coming weeks, you can still support your local businesses through gift cards.
By purchasing gift cards for a restaurant or retail store, you are paying for their services now to use at a later date. That way, you help them stay afloat by giving them your business in the short term, while you can benefit from the purchase after this situation subsides.
3. Give Them a Social Media Shoutout
Beyond supporting your favorite local businesses directly, you can give them indirect support by way of social media. If they’re offering a promotion on their Instagram, repost it to your story to get the word out about it. If their customer service is particularly noteworthy during this difficult time, share your story on Facebook with their page tagged.
Maybe a local restaurant is making meals for doctors and nurses on call at a local hospital; share their efforts online so your community can know more about them. Many local businesses are doing what they can to provide for the community while staying afloat, and receiving that same support back can mean a world of difference to their profitability in the months to come.
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves nationwide, we at Over Under Clothing strive to continue providing high-quality t-shirts, outerwear, and accessories with top-notch service. As of now, our web store is open for business as usual, and we aim to fulfill orders as quickly as possible. Should the pandemic worsen and our local government closes all non-essential businesses, we will do our best to deliver all orders, though one-to-two week delays may occur. We thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging time for all of us. If you have any questions or concerns, our office is open under regular business hours, for now, so feel free to visit or website, or give us a call at (904) 619-0577 for updates.