Ordering take out is our obligation to local businesses in the time of Coronavirus


Quinn Dombrowski

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Amanda Salazar, Editor-in-Chief

Amid all the fears over contracting COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, hospitals overflowing and people dying, one thing that we can all do to help ease the burden on some people is order in food.

Takeout, order in, do Grub Hub or Seamless or Uber Eats — whatever method that we have to get food from restaurants remotely, we should be using.

Restaurants and bars are being hit hard by the virus in a multitude of ways.

Because of the mandatory social distancing and the fact that the governor and the mayor have mandated that all restaurants and bars serve take out and delivery service only, they’re losing a lot of income that they used to get from dine in.

Even if New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo didn’t issue an executive order saying that restaurants cannot let people dine in person anymore due to the coronavirus, many people would probably be too cautious of contracting the virus to actually eat out.

Not only are restaurants losing revenue from only being able to do take out and delivery service nowadays, but they also have been cutting hours to make up for this.

The problem with reducing operating hours are that it could mean losing some business, as restaurants that close an hour or two earlier than usual may be missing out on some delivery orders.

Some places have been laying off staff or reducing staff’s hours. Owners are having trouble affording to pay their workers and those that can are, in essence, losing money by paying them since they have much less money coming in.

By cutting staff, it reduces the amount of orders that places can take at once and be able to actually cook and deliver the orders — that is, if these establishments are getting many orders in the first place. And on top of all this, there are some people who are just too scared to order food in at all anymore.

This is the opposite of the mentality that we need to be having right now, though.

As New Yorkers, it is our obligation and duty to help out our neighbors in this trying time in any way we can.

In some instances, that may just be giving other people a call to check in on them and see if they’re doing okay. In other situations, maybe that’s picking some things up for your elderly neighbor while you are grocery shopping or at the pharmacy.

This time around, though, the way to help is by providing these local business owners with the business they need to keep their stores and shops open.

Obviously, we can’t all go around and buy from every store in our neighborhoods because that would not be following social distancing and self-isolation — not to mention that all stores except for pharmacies and ones that sell food are closed.

But we can still order in from the local pizza place or take our something from our neighbor’s Thai restaurant or so on and so forth.

These local businesses need our patronage even more now, and if we’re all sitting at home then we have the capability to help out.

Another thing worthy to note is that supermarkets have been running out of products and have gotten overcrowded in recent weeks. It might be worth it to order in food rather than go out and risk catching the virus while grocery shopping.

Even if it’s just a small, relatively inexpensive order once a week, it’s better than nothing, and if everyone makes these small orders, it will all add up for the restaurant owners and staff.