Covid-19 has hugely impacted the hospitality industry, with restaurants in Chinatown even quietly making the decision to close before the government enforced it, to help minimise the financial impact that panic and uncertainty around Coronavirus was having on their businesses.
With the new regulations enforcing closures, we want to ask for your help, to support the industry and raise some awareness around how you can help to minimise the effects on all those local businesses, their owners and their staff - who are having a tough time right now.
If you want to support your local restaurant - and the industry as a whole - we have picked out nine ways you can help (...and most of them won’t cost you a penny).
1. Write a review
If everyone reading this added one review of somewhere they have eaten and enjoyed then the overall impact would be fantastic. Not only would you be sharing your inside information on where to eat in your local area, you would also give the restaurant and it’s employees a lovely morale boost. Of course we love it when our readers write a review on our website but anywhere you can write a review, be it sites like ours or on social media, makes a difference - the most important message is to just write one.
2. Buy restaurant merchandise
While you may not be able to visit your favourite restaurants right now, you can still represent them out on the streets by snapping up some of their merch. Plenty of restaurants have jumped on the merch bandwagon in recent years, selling everything from mugs and t-shirts to canvas bags and reusable coffee cups. If your favourite restaurant has a line of merchandise, visit their website now to help them generate some much-needed income.
3. Purchase your favourite restaurant's cookbook
Everyone has a favourite restaurant, and at their favourite restaurant, a favourite dish. A simple way to recreate the magic in your own home while all restaurants are being forced to close is to purchase a cookbook from them, if they have one. Any additional income is sure to help support staff wages and hopefully aid your favourite eatery to open once the pandemic is over.
4. Like, comment on and share their social posts
Whether it’s a favourite dish, a new menu or just a general shout out, interacting with social posts from your local restaurant or venue could significantly increase their post engagements and widen their audience. If won’t cost you a penny and you can show a little bit of solidarity for the hospitality industry.
5. Post that foodie photo
Did you go to your favourite restaurant for dinner and forget to post the pic? Post it now and tag the restaurant. Friends and followers may take note to make a booking once the Coronavirus pandemic has subsided.
6. Buy a gift voucher
If you want to show support to your local restaurant, but you're worried about being in busy spaces right now, buying a gift voucher to use at a later date can be a real help. Most restaurants allow their gift vouchers to be redeemed up to six months after purchasing and some restaurants have even extended this period because of the current climate. If you want to help out the restaurant scene, check out our SquareMeal Gift Vouchers, which can be redeemed in over 40 participating UK restaurants and bars.
7. Sign up to their newsletters
If you want to take your support to the next level then why not sign up to the newsletter for your favourite restaurant? You might even find you get to be first in the know about special events, discounts and new menus when they reopen.
8. Be kind
Whether it’s some love on social media or just an extra thank you at a restaurant the next time we're allowed to eat out, a few kind words can go a long way. Why not make some extra effort to do one additional gesture of kindness?
9. Share this article
By sharing this article you will help us to spread the word and show your support for the hospitality industry. Whether you work in the industry or simply love going to an event or out for dinner, we would be so grateful for your help with spreading this message.