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The continuing escalation of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to send a wave of anxiety to Britons across the country. More and more citizens are either working from home or self-isolating, and last week the government stepped up social-distancing measures, ordering all pubs, theatres, gyms and cafes to close.
While completely necessary, these measures will no doubt have a huge impact on the hospitality and arts industries. Below are some ideas of how we can help those industries that re likely to be most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Buy food and essentials from local stores and corner shops as well as supermarkets
We have already become used to the harsh reality that leading supermarkets are running dangerously low on stock, as people scavenge and bulk buy as if they were living in The Hunger Games. You go into your local Tesco two or three times a day in the hope that toilet roll has magically restored itself to the shelves. Having no luck, this is the perfect opportunity to support independent supermarkets and local corner shops that may only be a few streets away from you.
The price of items may be slightly higher than a supermarket, but if you can afford to spend a little more, not only are you ensuring these shops don’t enter liquidation, but you are also helping to keep workers in a job.
Support your local eateries
All restaurants, pubs and cafes have been ordered to shut for the foreseeable future, but many are still offering takeaways and delivery.
For all you self-isolators out there, why not consider ordering from your local restaurant or takeaway establishments? This is a great temporary solution if supplies are running low or you can’t you find what you need in supermarkets, or perhaps you just fancy a treat after a long day of working from home.
On Monday 16th March, Deliveroo announced its new contact-free delivery service where food will be left at your door rather than handed over to you, minimising direct contact.
Additionally, local cafes and restaurants often offer gift cards that could be gifted to friends or family to use after this crisis has blown over. Websites such as Giftly and Giftrocket make this process super easy if you can’t leave the house.
Back the arts industry
Going further down the list of industries heavily affected by this global pandemic, the arts industry has also been hit hard. With cancellations of club nights, tour dates and festivals around the globe, many artists, bands, events companies and organisers stand to make huge financial losses.
Buying merchandise and music from your favourite artists is a great way to support them and the companies involved. Holding onto your tickets for rescheduled shows rather than demanding an immediate refund financially supports the promotions company who will then be able to rearrange the show for a later date. For smaller grassroots promotions companies, maybe consider donating the ticket price for the cancelled shows rather than seeking a refund (if you can afford to).
Another fantastic way to support the industry is by donating money to museums and galleries, as many rely hugely on donations from the public.
For music (and academic) tutors who work from home, a lesson via video call could be a brilliant solution that involves both parties getting what they want from whilst self-isolating.