Over the past few weeks, we have all officially been adjusting into the new restrictions for phase two of our state’s COVID-19 plan. Unfortunately, as cases continue to rise throughout the country, many small businesses are once again operating at reduced capacity if not outright closing down. Locally, these restrictions have impacted many of the businesses that have become household names around the Tri-Cities. As we tread through these tumultuous times, we must all do what we can as members of the community to support these businesses whenever possible.
Going out for a night at the movies used to be a common occurrence on the weekends, but this year, the cinemas everywhere have been experiencing some major financial turbulence! We recently mentioned that local theaters had been given the go ahead to operate at limited capacity in our article >>Stage 2 Reopenings,<< however, the latest set of restrictions has caused them to shut down once again. It is entirely unclear how long it will be before we are able to stabilize and reduce the spread of the virus, but when that day comes, cinemas around the Tri-Cities will be needing the business of the community.
When it comes to restaurants, supporting these local businesses is rather easy. Outdoor dining is currently allowed in Washington State, and many local businesses are overhauling patios with heating elements to fare the winter. We’ve pointed out some of the best of the best restaurants offering outdoor dining and happy hour options in the past. You can read more about them here. Many local restaurants have also adapted their menus and services to be more oriented around takeout and delivery. Uber Eats, GrubHub, and DoorDash are three app-based delivery services that allow you to support local restaurants by having their food delivered directly to your door. Contactless delivery ensures the maximum level of safety for all parties, and you can enjoy a meal from your favorite local restaurant in the comfort of your own home. These services have become increasingly popular in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, proving that they can be an invaluable business model. Just be sure to tip your driver!
Said and Done
We’ve learned a lot since the beginning of 2020. Not the least of which is the ability to adapt on the fly and be flexible in the face of unforeseeable events. We are a naturally adaptable species, and our community has done an excellent job of supporting local businesses whenever possible. We in the Tri-Cities understand the importance of the family-run shop with ties to its customers. We will continue to support the businesses that have made our great community what it is today, just as they have supported us throughout the years.