When news of the novel coronavirus first broke out, local restaurants initially responded with ramping up their sanitation policies and ensuring customers of their safety. However, the spread of the pandemic has brought on citywide mandated shutdowns of bars, nightclubs, and restaurant dine-in service in an effort to slow transmission. Merchants have since pivoted to takeout and delivery only, and face the struggle of unemployment and inadequate revenue.
Other local businesses have opted to close their doors entirely until further notice, leaving many staff members without a job or source of income. Efforts to provide curbside pickup and discounted menu items have fallen short especially for restaurants located in metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles and New York, who rely heavily on constant foot traffic to stay afloat.
How can you support your local restaurants in their time of need while ensuring your own safety?
1.) Order takeout and delivery
- Opt for curbside pickup to minimize contact and practice safe social distancing
- Use 3rd party delivery apps such as Postmates or DoorDash who are now offering contactless delivery
2.) Purchase gift cards from your favorite local merchants
3.) Tell your friends and family to do the same!
The restaurant industry needs the help of their local communities now more than ever. Help us keep them afloat by taking on these 3 simple steps!
Helpful resources for restaurants/local businesses:
ItsACheckmate – A 3rd party integration that sends delivery orders directly to your Focus POS system
Contact our Finance Team for payment deferment options
HelpDesk Customer Support – Data reporting backup for Business Interruption insurance and other support related questions