Organizations Response to the Coronavirus: Carry Out and Curbside Pick Up


Hannah Marambio, Author

The Corona Virus has taken the world by storm as news reports flood in daily and new cases are confirmed. As citizens are adapting to the lifestyle of self-quarantine and social distancing, communities are coming together to prioritize the health of not only ourselves but for others as well.

Business and the economy are also battling the effects of the virus

Restaurants and businesses are either choosing to or being forced to shut down to help stop the spread of the virus.

Some restaurants, however, are switching to either drive-through, delivery, carryout or curbside pick up only. These options limit human contact while providing people with food and some joy during this time. This is also helping small businesses to still run for at least the present time. No one knows how things are going to progress, but for right now, some businesses and food services are finding ways to more safely operate.

Cannon Coffee for example, is a local coffee shop located in Hagerstown, MD. Owners Chris and Lindsey Reese have continued to stay open during this time by offering curbside pick up from 9-1. “We’ve had to reimagine the way we do business because of the coronavirus. We’ve gone from a business that was designed to create a space for our community, to a business that can’t let our community in. We’ve had to be creative and adapt quickly to this new system, but at the same time try to offer a wonderful experience,” said Reese.

Their menu is linked on their Instagram page @cannoncoffeemd where you can find coffee, waffles, toast, and more.

“We’ve created an online mobile ordering system, fun social media videos, and are trying to make this ordering experience fun and easy,” added Reese.

Bigger chains are also offering carryout and delivery. Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, and most restaurants that you could think of can be found on apps such as Postmates, Doordash, Grubhub, etc. Some storefronts are also still open exclusively for carry out or drive through.

Social distancing and staying healthy is very important during this time but keeping the community together and providing services while still possible is also important. Businesses are taking these challenges day by day in order to keep themselves and their communities flourishing.