By Veronica LeMaster
Local Meridian businesses need your help more than ever during this Corona virus pandemic.
In the last few days, our city has seen many storefronts close their doors temporarily to enforce safety measures and help stop the spread of COVID-19, and we can only expect to see that number increase as social distancing restrictions get tighter.
Late last week, Meridian Mayor Simison implemented a social distancing order as the first step for our community that states all indoor and outdoor venues cannot hold more than 10 people at one time and must ensure the party is six feet or more apart while on the premises. This order can force bars, restaurants, and other businesses to close until April 4, the expected date to be lifted.
There is much uncertainty when it comes to the Corona virus pandemic, and with people staying home and practicing social distancing, businesses are being forced to close, lay off employees, and worry about the unprecedented future. Luckily, there are ways to support these local businesses while staying safe inside your home.
Here’s how you can start supporting local businesses today:
Buy gift cards
Shop now for later! Businesses need all the cash flow they can get right now, and the easiest way to help is by purchasing a gift card. Save to treat yourself down the road when times are better or stock up as gifts for upcoming holidays (Mother’s Day is around the corner!). This act can make a huge impact on local struggling businesses and can usually be done in the comfort of your own home.
If your favorite Meridian boutique or art studio offers inventory available online, now is the time to take advantage! Many stores are offering discounted shipping, curbside pickup, or local delivery to make shopping online locally a breeze.
With the new social distancing order in Meridian and surrounding Treasure Valley cities, many restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and other food-related businesses have been forced to close their indoor dining rooms and go to delivery and pickup options. If you can afford it, skip cooking dinner a couple of nights a week and order into your favorite local restaurant.
Schedule a service
Thinking about scheduling a service? Now is the time to do it. With many canceled and missed reservations, it’s important to support local service workers that may be under stress. If possible, schedule a home cleaning, salon appointment, painter, or contractor for a later date. You can also sign up for a membership to a local gym, class, or purchase tickets for a future event. Knowing that work is coming will help alleviate some stress and make a big difference in that business’s future.
Spread the word
Spend this time to reach out to local business owners and see how you can personally help. It could be as simple as sharing your favorite products from them on social media, referring friends and family, or writing an online review. Reaching out and letting them know they have your support is important in a time like this, so don’t be shy!