LOCAL BUSINESSES CONCERNED ABOUT LACK OF TRAFFIC
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