Most businesses in Tuscaloosa anticipate slower business days over spring break, but with coronavirus keeping locals at home, restaurants are coming to terms with a potentially permanent slowdown through August.

As of today, the Alabama Department of Public Health has announced all dine-in services at restaurants in Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Shelby, Blount and St. Clair counties will be closed for a week. Takeout and delivery services are still available.

Even with takeout and delivery, businesses will be suffering with fewer customers, said Cravings owner Dan Robinson.

“Usually March and April is a time when a lot of us make a little extra money with parents coming in and with graduation to make it through the summer when students are gone,” Robinson said. “So I think it’s going to be tough on a lot of independent small businesses in the area.”

Some suggestions if you’re interested in helping your local favorites in their time of need:

  • Order takeout or delivery through a service like Crimson2Go or directly through the restaurant or business
  • Consider purchasing a gift card for use when coronavirus is no longer a concern
  • Shop online if a local business accepts online orders
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