City of Rochester launches campaign to help local restaurants

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City Manager Blaine Cox, left, participated in the #GoodToGoRochesterNH initiative through ordering takeout from Bob Benoit at Mitchell Hill BBQ on Thursday. (City of Rochester photo)

ROCHESTER - The City of Rochester continues to step up to the plate in a big way to help its restaurants out during the COVID-19 shutdown.

The city manager and economic development director on Friday announced that the city is launching a new campaign to support local restaurants while they are only able to provide takeout and delivery services.

While everyone is doing their part to promote social distancing and following the latest guidelines around the novel coronavirus health crisis, the City of Rochester would like to support local restaurants that are still open and serving their delicious food via delivery or takeout, City Manager Blaine Cox and Economic Development Director Michael Scala said in a bulletin from the city's public information office on Friday.

Each day, City of Rochester employees will get lunch or dinner from a different restaurant in Rochester as part of the city's "Good To Go" campaign.

"We want to encourage everyone to order takeout or delivery from their favorite Rochester restaurants to help support our business community during these difficult times," said Cox. "The simple act of ordering a meal to go can make a huge difference to restaurant owners in the city while they are unable to have sit-in dining."

Blaine and Scala are encouraging everyone to order a meal to pick up or be delivered from their favorite restaurant and share the hashtag #GoodToGoRochesterNH with a picture of their takeout containers.

They also discourage group photos.

The city also took the opportunity to remind residents who want to help eateries to make sure they tip their delivery drivers! Some meal delivery services like UberEats have suspended delivery fees for independent restaurants, but you should still always tip the driver, the city says.

They also urge folks to order food online or over the phone to limit face-to-face interactions.

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