Support Local Businesses When Social Distancing

Here are a few things you can do to give back to your favorite local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mar. 20, 2020 4   min read

Woman ordering takeout from local restaurant on her phone

Social distancing is a strategy that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health recommend to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the country. Effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19, this approach also has a major impact on local businesses and employees.

While we don’t know how long social distancing will last, the CDC is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more are avoided for eight weeks. The White House is recommending groups of 10 people or more are avoided.

So how do we support our community and give back to our favorite local establishments during the outbreak?

Here are a few things you can do:

Order takeout

You may have stocked up your pantry and freezer with groceries and are preparing to eat mostly home-cooked meals over the next several weeks, but many restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries are suffering because of social distancing.

According to a Statista study of 60,000 restaurants, in-house dining at restaurants has declined 83% year-over-year worldwide from February to March.

It’s during times like these that we appreciate the service that our local eateries provide, and ordering takeout is one way you can support your local establishment.  

Jump to the bottom of this article for our extensive list of establishments in the Greater Rochester area that are offering takeout options. 

Buy gift cards

Gift cards represent a significant portion of revenue for local businesses. Gift Card Granny reports that nearly 93% of American consumers have either given or sent a gift card in their lifetime.

Gift cards are easy to purchase. You can visit a business’s website or often call them and purchase over the phone. One of the biggest advantages of purchasing a gift card is that you can use it any time.

Gift cards can help local businesses stay afloat during a time when people are being asked to stay home.

Bonus Tip: Know someone with a birthday coming up? Or haven’t yet thought of a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift? Many breweries, coffee shops, and other local businesses sell their own merchandise. Place an order early to help with their cash flow.

Write positive online reviews

Writing positive reviews of your favorite local businesses is a thoughtful way to make an impact without spending money, and a good way to use some of your new time at home.

According to Bright Local, consumers are likely to spend 31% more on products and services from businesses that have excellent reviews. 

Google, Yelp, and Facebook are some of the top review sites where you can write a review. Positive reviews give staff something to be happy about and they help drive customers to an establishment.

Connect with seniors

The elderly population in long-term care facilities are feeling the impact of social distancing. Many of them rely on visits from friends and family members, explained Scott Schabel, MD, Medical Director of Geriatrics at Rochester Regional Health.

But with state-wide restrictions in place at long-term care facilities, many seniors are missing out on the best part of their day: visits from family members.

 Dr. Schabel said there are things you can still do to stay connected to seniors at nursing homes:

Video chat—using a video calling platform to talk to your loved ones is a personal way to keep in touch.

Send them a gift—ordering a gift online or mailing one personally is a nice way to share a connection.

Write them a letter or card—writing a letter is a touching way to communicate with the elderly, and they will be surprised by a physical copy of a personal, hand-written letter from someone they love.

Reminder: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before writing a letter, card, or sending gifts.

Read more ideas to stay in touch with the elderly

Donate to causes and charities

During times of crisis, local charities and non-profit organizations work around-the-clock to provide basic services for those in need.

Support your local branch by volunteering (if possible) or donating to their cause.

Here is a list of local causes and charities that are accepting donations during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Donation Drop-off Locations

You can drop off masks, gift cards and other supplies at three locations across our health system.

RRH Administrative Offices
Riedman Campus - North Entrance
100 Kings Highway South
Rochester, NY 14617
Mon, Wed, Fri
10am - 2pm

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
Receiving Dock - North Side Entrance
1200 Driving Park Avenue
Newark, NY 14513
Mondays - Fridays
9am - 2pm

United Memorial Medical Center
Jerome Center Loading Dock
(off Wiard Street)
16 Bank Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Mondays - Fridays
10am - 2pm


Master List of Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

Here is a master list of the establishments in the Greater Rochester area that are open for takeout! Are we missing any? Send us a direct message on Twitter @ROCRegional with the name and website and we will add it to the list.


Agatina’s, (585) 426-0510

Antonetta's, (585) 328-1830

Bill Gray’s (All locations)

Cheesy Eddies, (585) 473-1300

Chick'N Out, (585) 376-2468

Laughing Gull Chocolates, (585) 417-5858

Mac’s Philly Steaks (All locations)

Marty's, (585) 371-5277

Max of Eastman Place, (585) 697-0491 

Newbury Park Pastries, (585) 272-7864

Pane Vino, (585) 586-7000

Peppa Pot, (585) 546-7500

Scratch Bakeshop, (585) 360-4844

Tom Wahl’s (All locations)

Tully’s Good Times (All locations)

Veneto, (585) 454-5444

Warfields, (315) 462-7184

By Location


Shema Sushi, (585) 325-6555

The Owl House, (585) 360-2920

Dinosaur BBQ, (585) 325-7090

Jim’s on Main, (585) 442-4172

Dogtown, (585) 271-6620

Aladdin's Natural Eatery, (585) 442-5000

Highland Park Diner, (585) 461-5040


Jim’s Ground, (585) 413-0757

Pizza 151, (585) 594-2100

North Chili Family Restaurant (585) 594-8877


Peppermint’s Restaurant, (585) 359-9169

Tony Pepperoni, (585) 334-2830

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant (585) 424-4166


Red Fedele’s Brooke House, (585) 723-9988

Jim’s at the Mall, (585) 227-5520

Blue Ridge Grill, (585) 225-9440

Texas Bar-B-Q Joint, (585) 352-4227


Mulconry's Irish Pub & Restaurant, (585) 678-4516's_May2019.pdf

Fairport Village Inn, (585) 388-0112

La Bella Mangia, (585) 364-0310

McArdle’s, (585) 377-5520


Rosey’s Italian Café, (585) 385-5600

Sushi King, (585) 381-8999

5 Mile Café, (585) 586-2232


Eli Fish Brewing Company, (585) 343-0008

Bourbon & Burger Co. (585) 219-4242

El Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant (585) 343-3903

Clifton Springs

Blue Ribbon Steakhouse, (315) 548-9206

Henyo’s Gooney Village, (315) 548-3870


Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, (315) 573-7493 

Canal View Family Restaurant, (315) 331-4803

(Online ordering, pick-up available) 

Fulkerson Winery, (607) 243-7883 

Glenora Wine, (800) 243-5513

Lakeland Winery, (315) 487-2884

Living Roots Wine, (585) 383-1112

Zugibe Vineyards, (315) 585-6402

Brotherhood Winery, (845) 496-3661

(Online ordering, pick-up available)

Rohrbach’s, (585) 546-8020

Rootstock Ciderworks, (315) 589-8733

Swiftwater Brewing, (585)-530-3471

Three Heads Brewing, (585) 244-1224 

Sager Beer Works, (585) 417-5404 

Naked Dove Brewing Company, (585) 396-2537

(Online ordering, pick-up available)

Black Button, (585) 730-4512

St. Lawrence Spirits, (315) 285-5224 

Milagro Tequila

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