Benton-Franklin Health District has issued a directive for the public to use face coverings to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 illness, beginning June 8, 2020.
The directive applies to all indoor public places in Benton and Franklin Counties, including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six feet of physical distancing is difficult. Individuals are strongly urged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.
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How to Support Local Businesses During COVID-19
The outbreak of COVID-19 has taken a toll on many people, families, and organizations around the world. It has also resulted in difficult times for many of our local businesses, which are incredibly vital and unique to our individual communities. Some businesses have been forced to temporarily close, and many others have had to scale back or change their operations completely. While it’s easy to feel powerless in a time like this, there are still a few things we can do to support our local businesses.
Shop Remotely, Shop Online - Many businesses have an option to purchase their goods or services through their website, Facebook, via a phone call or through email.
Order Takeout or Delivery - Most restaurants have curbside pickup or even delivery options.
Purchase Gift Cards – For those businesses who are unable to remain open, purchase a gift card now to use later. This will help bridge the cash-flow gap for those businesses.
Order Ahead – Make your transactions easier and less stressful by placing your order prior to arriving.
Buy Local – Buy local and support small business owners, the people who live in your neighborhood and know your name. They really appreciate it.
Stay Home – If you are feeling at all ill. A cough, sore throat, fever or runny nose are all signs that you should stay home.
Write Good Reviews – Write 3 positive reviews of your favorite local businesses. Facebook, Google, and Yelp are all great sources to write reviews.
Utilize Social Media – Follow, Like, Share, Comment and spread the news of your local businesses to all of your friends and followers!
Be Understanding – We are in unprecedented times and some businesses have either been forced to temporarily close or have made the difficult decision to do so for safety reasons.
These simple changes can go a long way in helping businesses improve cash flow, keep employees on payroll, or just to feel connected and boost morale.