Editorial: We Are One Island; Together We Are Strong

By / Editorials / Tuesday, 23 June 2020 19:42

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Numerous local restaurants have decided to close due to employees testing positive for COVID-19. That's a responsible, albeit hard, decision to make for small businesses that even in good times try to make a small business profitable, yet in the time of COVID-19, it's like trying to survive on an economic battle field. Competition among all the other establishments offering take out and delivery can be a dizzying endeavor for small businesses.

Some local restaurants that partially reopened have since had employees test positive for COVID-19 and have voluntarily temporarily closed based on an honorable measure of caution.

These establishments, some of which are mentioned in a report appearing on page 1-A of this week's edition, are practicing caution in a mission to protect their employees and their eternally important client base.

Granted, any establishment the public visits during this pandemic has a varying degree of likelihood to result in a customer being infected with COVID-19, but local establishments such as these are making a solid conscious effort to help curtail that scenario even if it impacts their bottom line. To those businesses, bravo. You are setting an excellent example for other businesses in our community.

For example, the Fat Pelican. The best Dive Bar on the planet, and unless some aliens chime in and disagree, the best Dive Bar in the known Universe.

The owner of the Fat P, Danny, has been closed because he's not a restaurant and bar like other establishments currently open in New Hanover County. However, people could chose to buy their favorite beer from the Fat Pelican. Danny has expressed that concern to me in the local grocery store.
https://www.facebook.com/FatPelican

Not to sound like an alarmist, but we're a few weeks into hurricane season. In the unfortunate event that we find our community amid another Hurricane Florence type storm, local businesses already impacted by COVID-19 closures will only survive if they have  healthy bank accounts.

Right now is the time to frequent local businesses that are currently open, or, reach out to those that aren't open and offer to buy gift cards that can be used at a later date all in an effort to preserve all of the local businesses that we all know and love.

There is no easy answer to the times we are living in. The Island Gazette is sharing the pain of our advertisers decline in business. Yet, as a community, we can all get together and eventually help our entire community emerge from this pandemic stronger than before it started, and, help others rebuild their businesses and their livelihoods.

No need to list every business on the Island. We all have our favorite spots. Right now, they need you more than ever before. Please make every effort to help them. Not only restaurants, but all locally owned businesses.

We are all one Island, together we are strong.

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