There’s no question that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting daily life. Activities and events have been canceled throughout cities and many businesses have been forced to close their doors or make major adjustments to how they serve their customers. However, despite these major changes, there are many things you can do to help the businesses survive and thrive in the community. You can make an effort to support local businesses in this time of need.
Here are several ways you can support local businesses in Collingwood.
Order Takeout or Curbside Pickup
Just because a restaurant has its dining room closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious meal. Many local restaurants still offer takeout and curbside pickup options. If financially possible, choose a local restaurant at least once a week and order a meal for your entire family.
Shop Over the Phone
If you need supplies for home improvement projects around your home or even to landscape your yard while you work outside, contact a local business and ask to shop over the phone. Many businesses are more than happy to accommodate you and may bring your items directly to your vehicle.
If you have an appointment at a local facility, such as a hair salon, don’t call and cancel your appointment. Rather, call and reschedule it for a later date. This will not only help businesses but it will give their employees peace of mind that once this pandemic is over, there will be business to help them thrive.
Write Positive Customer Reviews
Is there a restaurant in town that you absolutely love? What about a local masseuse or auto shop? While you are sitting at home, take the time to write positive customer reviews on some of your favourite places in town. This helps to build up the company’s online presence and statistics show that more than 97% of people read online reviews for local businesses and 90% say these reviews affect their purchasing decisions.
Purchase Gift Cards
If you are hesitant to purchase food or other items from local businesses, it doesn’t mean you can’t offer your support. Visit some of your favourite establishments and purchase gift cards that you can use at a later date. You will still be providing income to the local businesses but you can enjoy their products and services once the current chaos has settled down.
Order Food for Delivery to Senior Citizens
Many elderly individuals have not left their homes for fear of COVID-19. To brighten up their day, order food from a local restaurant and have it delivered to a senior citizen in town. This will not only give the senior citizen a boost in morale but it will be supporting local businesses as well.
There are many ways you can show support to local companies in this time of need. Even small actions can make a big difference for these local businesses.