** Effective Monday, March 23, at 11:59 p.m., all persons are ordered to stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity. **
** Read the official order HERE and read frequently asked questions HERE. **
** Find information specific to Clinton County HERE. **

As businesses undergo mandated shutdowns and as consumers are encouraged to practice social distancing, many local businesses may not have the luxury of deep pockets to sustain them in the coming weeks. It’s important to help our local businesses out during these challenging times. So what can you do?

  • Buy a gift card now to use at a later time when things are back to normal. That way the business can earn income now to weather the storm.
  • Remember that restaurants are still open for delivery and/or carry out.
  • Ordering something online? Shop local!
    • Getting something on Amazon? Make sure the item is from a local business.
    • Having food delivered? Order it from a locally-owned restaurant.
    • Ordering groceries online? Get products from local producers and companies.
  • Support your friends’ side hustles. If you know someone with an Etsy shop, or who just recorded an album, or who makes crafts to earn a few extra bucks, now is the time to buy something from them.
  • Tip extra. Even an extra $1-$2 helps…multiply that by 20 customers, and it begins to make a real impact.
    • Want to take it to the next level? Keep a tip jar at home – put aside a tip every time you have a drink or meal at home that you would usually enjoy out, and then get that money to the bar/restaurant when they reopen.
    • Or, if you want to get that cash into server hands now, send that tip via Venmo or some other digital payment platform directly to someone you know who works in the service industry!
  • If you have tickets to a live theatre or music event for a show that has been cancelled, donate the money to the theatre or venue instead of asking for a refund. This is the kind of thing that kills arts organizations.
  • Please be respectful of those who are still working. It’s not their fault that the store is out of toilet paper or that service may be slightly slower due to fewer employees working.

Looking for a listing of Downtown Businesses you can support? Check here!

** For a complete listing of restaurants in Clinton County, please visit the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce website. **

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