OpenTable’s recommendations on how to support restaurants through COVID-19

In these unprecedented times due to the spread of COVID-19, restaurants are among the hardest-hit businesses. OpenTable data shows severe declines in business, and many have been forced to close, laying off employees in the process. Others have remained open, following rapidly changing local regulations surrounding delivery and take-out.

One thing is clear: Restaurants need our support. Here at OpenTable, we are working around the clock to assist restaurants through as many channels as possible. Here are a few ways you can safely help:

Order take-out and delivery

Many restaurants offer take-out or delivery. Check their website, social media or delivery companies to see which ones are offering these services and order your next restaurant-quality meal to your doorstep. 

Buy gift cards

Buying gift cards now helps your local restaurants to keep paying staff and bills during these times. 

Spread the word on social media

Use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to show how you are supporting restaurants right now. Tag @OpenTableUK, and we can amplify those messages. Spreading the word through social networks could encourage others to do the same.

Everyone’s health and safety is our first priority. We urge everyone to stay informed — World Health Organization and other local government sites regularly update their sites — and to take the recommended precautions.