Things are getting weird out there. The Covid-19 – or Coronavirus – outbreak has sent the world into disarray, with many going into self-isolation and the government advising we ‘social distance’. Unfortunately, this means means avoiding pubs, bars and cafes. Your favourite places to eat, drink and hang out need your support more than ever right now, so what can you do to support local restaurants during the Coronavirus outbreak?
Here’s just a few ways…
If your faves are on one of the delivery platforms, like Deliveroo, JustEat or UberEats, get yourself an order in. Many kitchens are still open and ready to serve you, and Deliveroo and JustEat have introduced contactless delivery, so take advantage! Many restaurants are offering services themselves, so see what they’re up to on social media – more on this later.
As part of emergency measures, the government has introduced legislation for pubs and restaurants to start operating as takeaways to serve the public, so expect to see plenty more of your regular haunts offer this service soon.
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Buy a restaurant voucher
Times are tough right now, so give yourself something to look forward to when everything blows over with a restaurant voucher, if your favourite place sells them. This means when things return to relative normality you’ve got yourself a slap-up meal in the bank. Tasty!
Stock up on their wares
Does your local coffee shop sell beans? In which case, get some in now and enjoy some top-notch coffee while you work from home. Local Cardiff roasters Lufkin and Hard Lines are two such you could get a consignment from to get you through. And if you’re spending time indoors, get your at-home coffee game up to speed with these tips courtesy of some of the best bean-slingers in south Wales.
If your local restaurant or café or restaurant sells merch, like t-shirts, mugs, cutlery and so forth, think about bagging some of that for yourself or presents for friends and family. Your local bar might offer carry-outs, so grab a few cans and bottles to make the nights in with Netflix in a little easier, and if your restaurant sells groceries, pick up a few.
See what they’re up to online
If you’re not already following them on social media, check in on your favourites to see what they’re up to. It’ll let you know when and what they’re serving, if they’re doing home delivery and more. Give them a retweet or share to let others in your neighbourhood know what they’re offering. Following on social media is one of the best ways to find out how you can help support local restaurants during the Coronavirus outbreak, so get online and see what’s going on.
Stay safe everyone, and keep those hands clean! This is an unprecedented time for all of us but even in the dark times food and drink can bring a bit of sunshine…