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How to Help Save Delaware’s Restaurants During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Delaware restaurants and businesses need help from locals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are ways you can support them during this time.

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Take it to go

Bring the restaurant experience home and continue to support your favorite establishments through takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Delaware restaurants can also shake up to-go cocktails. And don’t forget to tip the kitchen, waitstaff and host. 

Dine in safely

When the time comes to sit down at your favorite eateries again, make sure you have a plan. At press time, Delaware restaurants were offering dine-in at 30 percent capacity and some with additional outdoor seating. If you feel comfortable dining in now, make a reservation. 

Ditch the delivery apps  

Many third-party apps take a sizable fee, so the restaurant sees less profit. When you can, choose pickup over delivery, or see if the restaurant offers its own delivery service.  

Save the dinner date 

Buy a gift card now that can be cashed in at a later date. Also, if your favorite restaurant offers merchandise like T-shirts, mugs or other keepsakes, pick some up.

Donate to the cause 

Many establishments began employee funds when COVID-19 first hit, and some are still providing relief funds for staff to help cover lost earnings. The next time you visit, ask if there’s a fund to donate to or specific days on which sales proceeds directly benefit staff. You can also donate to national funds through the National Restaurant Association. Plus, contact your local and national representatives to make sure restaurant workers are being represented on Capitol Hill through proposed bills.