How to support local businesses while staying safe during coronavirus pandemic

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- As the number of cases of the novel coronavirus increases in North Carolina and state officials discourage face-to-face contact, many local businesses fear an economic impact.

While Downtown Raleigh Alliance said the safety of Raleigh's residents, workers and visitors is extremely important, they offered a few suggestions for customers hoping to continue to support local businesses.

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In a news release, Downtown Raleigh Alliance said many restaurants, stores and museums are taking extra steps to sanitize their businesses and encouraging patrons to practice social distancing and health etiquette.

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However, for customers who do not want to visit stores or restaurants, Downtown Raleigh Alliance made the following recommendations:

  • Shop online or via phone. While some stores already have online shopping, others will help customers order via phone or FaceTime.
  • If you typically use local businesses to fill wholesale orders, place those requests as soon as possible.
  • Buy gift cards to use at a later date to support businesses now, even if you don't currently need anything.
  • Order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in.


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Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper recommended organizers cancel any events or gatherings of more than 100 people. Health officials urged North Carolinians to practice social distancing--maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between others and washing hands frequently.

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Currently, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 15 cases of the novel coronavirus in North Carolina, including eight in Wake County.

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