Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today said local businesses are "the backbone of our economy and our community" and urged residents to continue to support them during the pandemic. She cited a recent national survey showing that 90 percent of independent small business have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many are experiencing supply chain disruptions, lower sales, and concerns over sick employees.
"The small businesses in Lincoln contribute to the economic success, social fabric, and distinctive character of our city," Mayor Gaylor Baird said. "They are so invested in the wellbeing of our community and its residents, as evidenced by the sacrifices they're making to help keep us healthy and safe. Many of those businesses closed their doors and reduced their operations out of a sense of civic duty, out of a sense of wanting to do their part for this community. Now we must do our civic duty and support them."
Mayor Gaylor Baird encouraged residents to tell local businesses how much they value their services, leave good reviews, order online when possible, purchase gift cards, and to tip generously. She also urged residents to reach out to their hair stylists, nail and tattoo artists, massage therapists, and other service providers that have had to temporarily close to ask how they can serve them at this time.
Mayor Gaylor Baird was joined in the call to action by Bud Synhorst, President of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA), and Todd Ogden, President of the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA). Synhorst urged residents to purchase gift cards at NebraskaBuyLocal.com. Ogden encouraged residents to use delivery and curbside pickup options. Free parking spots are available downtown where the bright green curbside pickup location signs are posted. Ogden also invited residents to participate in a "takeout bingo" challenge the DLA will launch Monday.
More information on the City's response to COVID-19, including resources for businesses and information on how residents can support local businesses, is available at covid19.lincoln.ne.