Campaign urges Americans to order takeout or delivery
Takeout’s been a staple for much of the country the last week or so as we all adopt varying levels of social distancing and shelter at home methods of slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus and Covid-19. While many of us have been using the downtime to learn to cook or try out some new recipes, sometimes we just want to let someone else do the cooking and support a local business. While we can’t go in and enjoy the full dining out experience, complete with ambience and a babysitter at home watching the kids, we look forward to any opportunity to get out of the house these days.
With that in mind, today, March 24, the restaurant industry, whose workers have taken on the role of first responders and caretakers, is urging a Great American Takeout. To support the industry, which has seen much if its business cut and has completely revamped operations in an effort to stay afloat, the campaign urges Americans to order takeout or delivery. Several states are now allowing people to order to-go alcohol with their meal purchases, so that’s all the more reason to patronize a local business.
“This is no longer about the survival of individual restaurants,” Russ Bendel, CEO of The Habit Burger Grill, said. “It’s about the future of our industry. And time has run out. Together, we must act to support each other and our communities in unprecedented ways.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines advise that it is unlikely for Covid-19 to be transmitted through food or packaging. Just remember to wash your hands before you go out and when you return home and avoid touching your face.
There are a million little things we can each do to help each other out during the pandemic. Today, you can help simply by ordering out.