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Paying it forward: How you can help local businesses survive COVID-19

Be a hero to your local businesses through these immediate actions


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With the global economic downturn due to COVID-19, the chances are we know someone or businesses that are financially impacted due to work or operation restrictions. Despite the separation of social distancing, we can still play our part to support our local and favorite businesses to help them stay afloat during the pandemic.


Firstly, if you have the means, an effective way to support businesses that rely on weekly or monthly payments is to consider still paying as if you were using their services or prepaying for future sessions. Owners of fitness centers, for example, have also offered free video sessions to help with the practice out of the concern that clients are getting out of habit and not returning to regular exercise schedules once they reopen.


If exercise isn’t your cup of tea, we all have our favorite restaurants and cafes to support – especially if they are to exist post-pandemic. The best way to lend our support is to keep ordering from them, as many restaurants and cafes allow for take-out and delivery. Through our orders, we can directly aid servers, cooks, and dishwashers that would otherwise lose their only source of income.


Additionally, our local beauty and wellness practitioners need our support too. Some have set up GoFundMe page for donation, offer gift cards, and sell merchandise online. Our support for their initiatives can boost their immediate cashflow and can go a long way in sustaining their business.


Lastly, we can also support our local animal shelters by adopting pets, which is equally beneficial to have a new company while we are all house-bound until further notice. There is also the option to foster pets for those who are not ready for a long-term commitment. This is an effective way to help animals in need of a home while at the same time, lower the financial burden of the animal shelters.


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