Supporting Local Businesses affected by Covid-19

March 25, 2020

 

Our mission here at AVMS is to develop a thriving commercial district by assisting neighborhood businesses and promoting the physical and cultural vitality of Allston. The Covid-19 outbreak that is closing businesses and forcing people inside is leaving many without a plan to pay rent or keep their stores open. Allston is a unique neighborhood because of our diverse collection of small businesses.

 

While we encourage neighbors to continue following the guidelines set by public health officials such as social isolation and best hygiene practices, here are some tips to support local businesses from a safe distance!

How to Stay Healthy:

 

All residents are urged to practice social distancing: Stay approximately six feet away from other people.
Avoid large crowds and gatherings. 
Practice good hygiene: continue to wash hands, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow, and stay home if you are sick.
Certain people are at higher risk for serious illness from this virus. High-risk individuals include: older adults, anyone with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, anyone with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.  
Individuals at higher risk should stay home and avoid situations of potential exposure. do not attend large gatherings, limit time spent in public areas, and do not congregate in groups of more than 10 people.
Residents should limit interactions with persons who are at higher risk for COVID-19. If you live with someone at high risk, practice social distancing. We all have personal responsibility to take care of ourselves and others, to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

How to Support Local Businesses

Order Take Out/Delivery: Restaurants are considered essential businesses, and while dining in is not allowed, take out and delivery services are. Here is a list of Allston restaurants offering delivery service. 

Order Online: While most retail businesses are deemed non-essential and will close their doors, they are still operating online. Support retail by ordering goods online!

Buy Gift Cards: Once the worst is over, many businesses will reopen their doors. In the meantime, there isn't as much cash flow for them to pay rent. By buying gift cards, you give the businesses much needed support!

 

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