On this first day on which dining-in has been banned as a health precaution, many Evanston restaurants have already shifted to a carry out and home delivery model.

Some are also offering curbside delivery.

Evanston’s Economic Development Division suggested in a newsletter today that residents could also help local businesses stay afloat by buying a gift card to cover what you’d normally spend dining in. The gift card could then be used or given away later. 

The city’s also suggesting that residents who have a subscription or membership to a gym, exercise class, painting class, music lessons, dance academy or any of the other businesses forced to shut because of new social distancing rules should keep the subscription or membership going so the business owners can pay their bills.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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