We can get through this together

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In just a few short weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and socialize (from the safety of our homes). Many of us are fortunate to be able to work remotely, and now we hold important meetings on Zoom or other virtual conferencing platforms, and we make dozens of telephone calls instead of popping into each other’s offices.

But not all workers or employers have that luxury. Hundreds of small businesses in the 10th District, especially restaurants, cafes, taco stands and food trucks, are tied to infrastructure that cannot be replaced by an app or by virtual reality.

So while we follow the safety procedures we know will slow the spread of the coronavirus, washing our hands, sterilizing our environments, practicing social distancing and staying indoors as much as possible, it’s also important for us to safeguard the economic health of our community and support our neighborhood businesses.

How can we support restaurants when we can’t go out to eat? Though delivery and takeout. Call them, and that favorite eat-in spot of yours will find a way to make it work.

I’ve lived in the 10th District for more than 20 years, and for me, the glue that binds us is made up of our meeting places — our favorite places for hot dogs or bibimbap, a hot pastrami or shrimp and grits. The places where we meet for tea and carrot cake, or perhaps just a latte.

Behind the great meals and memories are families whose businesses are struggling now. Let’s remember them — maybe for one meal a week — when we can.

We can get through this together by looking out for each other. It may just be an order of hamburgers or tacos to you, but it will mean the world to that business owner.