Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2020

How to Help Local Businesses during the COVID-19 Outbreak

In support of local businesses that have closed their doors or significantly curtailed operations during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders advises residents on ways to patronize local businesses within the precautionary guidelines recommended by health professionals.

“There are steps we can all take to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, while continuing to ‘shop local’ in support of our local businesses and their employees,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Until a meaningful relief program comes from the federal government, let’s all pitch in and help.”

Social distancing is the primary strategy for halting the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing requires that people stay at least 6 feet away from others when outside of the home. With that in mind, suggestions for social distance shopping include:

  • Purchase gift cards online or by phone to use later
  • Buy takeout food from restaurants (call ahead for pickup)
  • Order goods online or call for delivery
  • Sign up for local online classes and programs
  • Where available, pay now for manicures and other services to be used later

Other key strategies to avoid spreading or contracting COVID-19 and other infectious diseases include: wash hands frequently, avoid touching the face, stay away from sick people, and isolate oneself when sick.

For updates and information on Union County services impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

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