Support for small businesses needed

This isn’t business as usual for most island restaurants — they need more support than your patronage.

On March 19, both The Beachcomber and a VoV Emergency Alert e-mail listed restaurants where we can get curbside pick-up, delivery, or take out. I’m grateful, but clearly this isn’t business as usual for most of these places, and won’t cover their costs. We’ve been asked to support institutions and organizations in our community by donating, or in some cases by purchasing gift certificates. I suggest a similar approach for your favorite restaurants if you’re able; we want them to be there when COVID-19 is finally laid low.

Each week donate to the establishments you likely would have gone to, the approximate cost (including a tip of course) of the lunches or dinners you would have eaten there. And/or purchase gift certificates.

— Ellen Kritzman