RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — As the number of cases of the novel coronavirus increases in North Carolina and state officials discourage face-to-face contact, many local businesses fear an economic impact. While Downtown Raleigh Alliance said the safety of Raleigh’s residents, workers and visitors is extremely important, they offered a few suggestions for customers hoping to continue to support local businesses.
- Shop online or via phone. While some stores already have online shopping, others will help customers order via phone or FaceTime.
- If you typically use local businesses to fill wholesale orders, place those requests as soon as possible.
- Buy gift cards to use at a later date to support businesses now, even if you don’t currently need anything.
- Order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in.
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