You might have happened to hear about this thing called the coronavirus going around.
You have probably also heard that the epidemic is hurting businesses, especially small and locally-owned businesses.
Utah County's business scene was thriving right before COVID-19 hit, and we as county citizens can do our part to help keep local establishments in business. Some of us are lucky and are financially stable during this epidemic, while many others have found themselves in rough financial situations due to the effects social distancing. But there's good news: You can help local businesses with money and without! Give any of these five tips a go:
One of the best ways to support local businesses while also keeping up with social distancing guidelines is purchasing gift cards now to use later when quarantine protocols lighten up.
Buy them for yourself for a future date night, friend get-to-gether, or family night, or stock up on several gift cards now to hold for birthday and holiday gifts down the road.
Many local businesses sell their gift cards on their own websites. Another option to check out is http://cardsforcovid.com: a locally-run nonprofit website with lots of local business gift card options for sale in one place.
Order takeout/delivery from restaurants
If you got to the grocery store to find long lengths of shelves completely cleared out of items on your grocery list, then you're going to love this tip. Save those cans and frozen veggies for later (if you were able to snag any), and order takeout or delivery from your favorite Utah County restaurant instead.
Many local restaurants are offering new options to make themselves more available to customers who are practicing social distancing. From online ordering to curbside pickup to free delivery, there's a lot of great options out there.
Check out https://supportutahdining.com to find more ideas.
Give local businesses positive reviews online
Yes, there are ways to support local businesses without spending money. While purchases are probably what would help local businesses the most right now, I don't think any of them would say no to some positivity on the various restaurant and business review sites.
It's quick and simple: Think of some of your favorite locally-owned businesses, then hop on Google Reviews or Yelp and type your praise.
Post about your favorite local business on social media
Another free way you can send Utah County businesses some love is to post about them on social media. Did you order takeout from Mi Ranchitos? Snap a pic and post it to your Insta story. Or update your Facebook status with a list of your favorite local businesses.
Share and like businesses' posts on social media
While we're on the topic of social media, one of the easiest and quickest things to do is to follow some of your favorite Utah County restaurants and other businesses on their various media platforms, as well as liking and/or sharing their posts.