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It’s no secret that small businesses everywhere are facing tough times, but given the fact that NYC has been on lockdown since March 16, we are especially hard hit. Here are some of our favorite ways to support small businesses:

NYC & Company continues to highlight member businesses through three separate digital marketing initiatives: Virtual NYC, Dine in NYC and Shop in NYC.

VIRTUAL NYC: “There are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. Read on for dozens of ways to connect with your favorite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you are right now.”

DINE NYC: “In an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in New York City and surrounding areas, restaurants, bars and cafés in the City are no longer open for seated dining. You can still support many of these local businesses, however, by ordering food and drinks (including beer, wine and cocktails) for pickup or delivery.”

Please order directly from restaurants if you are able and please tip generously! You can also purchase gift cards for future use which provides much needed revenue now. NYC & Co has put together a list of NYC restaurants and bars offering gift cards and/or accepting takeout orders at this time.

SHOP NYC: “New York City has earned its reputation as one of the world’s great shopping capitals. While physical locations may currently be closed, you can still browse some of your favorite retailers, hotels and cultural institutions across NYC, and, if you’re able, make a purchase in the process. We’ve rounded up those offering ecommerce and/or gift cards so you can shop the best of the city from home—large and small, these businesses employ New Yorkers and help keep the five boroughs’ economy running. Look for distinctive apparel and accessories; signature hotel items like linens, robes and spa products; food and gift baskets; souvenirs, books, music, games and more.”

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Like A Local Tours is proud to be participating in the initiative which aims to support small US businesses in the tours and activities industry during the COVID-19 crisis. Given that fact that we need to social distance, for most of us, that has meant an inability to do what we are best at! Now more than ever, we need your patronage.


Activity companies need your help — buy a gift card, change a life.

As travel is down across the world as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, many activity businesses and their employees are suffering. From kayaking to food tours to mountain biking and more, the activities we all love are at risk. The good news? You can help right now!

Join the #iwilltravelagain movement by purchasing a gift card and help spread the word to encourage the world to do the same. It’s a quick and simple vote of confidence that says, “we will be back!”

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Lastly we wanted to share this incredible resource of how you can help others during the COVID-19 crisis that was put together by Gothamist.

How To Help: A Guide To Donating, Volunteering & Contributing During Coronavirus

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