Chamber News

How you can help businesses during COVID-19
Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Jefferson City shops and restaurants are taking extensive, diligent measures to provide a clean, safe and welcoming environment for customers. Businesses remain open and continue to provide a positive, safe and welcoming experience. 

Nevertheless, the COVID-19 public health crisis poses incredibly difficult financial challenges to stores, services, and restaurants all of which are locally owned and operated. Even just a few weeks of diminished patronage can be devastating. 

We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of public health officials at the local, state and national level, and high-risk populations especially should exercise caution. If you choose to limit your exposure temporarily, here are a few meaningful ways you can still #shoplocal and help some of your favorite businesses during this challenging time.


As a promise to return to support them, purchase gift cards to your favorite local shops and restaurants. This puts money in the pocket of your favorite store-owner today to help them cover operating expenses and to help assure a strong tomorrow.


Many retailers have online shops. Use this time to check out their online offerings. Several businesses are offering discounts and/or free shipping for those that show support for locals during this time.

Reminder: Some shops that don’t offer online shopping are happy to take an order over the phone and have it delivered to you during this time – so don’t hesitate to ask!


Dining from home more these days? Order delivery or takeout from almost any restaurant. If you choose to avoid the crowds, call ahead and pick up – many will even deliver to your car when you arrive!

Delivery services such as Door Dash, Grub Hub and Mr. Delivery service many Jefferson City restaurants are also great options. As mentioned above, you can also pledge your support by purchasing restaurant gift cards to be used at a later date.


Have a steady paycheck? Leave a little extra cash for service workers – they especially are going to need the help. Consider a full tip on takeout orders, and leaving a little extra for the kitchen staff, too.


If you have reservations, don’t be a no-show. Restaurants plan for you to be there, and order food and staff accordingly. If you aren’t going to make it, please call ahead and let them know.


Spending more time online? Engage with your favorite businesses — leave a positive Google, Yelp, or Facebook review. Like, follow, comment and engage with them on social media. It’s free to you but it helps to remind businesses that they aren’t forgotten and this kind of social currency pays dividends of a different kind. Now is a fantastic time to deepen relationships with friends and neighbors that operate your favorite local businesses.


Many cultural institutions are nonprofits, so if there are event cancellations, consider making your ticket cost a donation to the organization instead of asking for a refund. 

To find out if upcoming events end up being canceled, be sure to check emails and social media posts from that organization for updates.

Our community’s health depends on all of us working together, showing compassion and remaining strong. Our Downtown businesses are the heart and soul of our civic identity and a significant driver of our city’s economy. 

This article was written by Downtown Jonesboro Alliance,

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