As news of yet another classic Boston establishment is shuttering due to COVID-19, many New England residents are wondering how they can continue to support their favorite local establishments while staying safe at home. We have a few ideas for how you can get started.

Many restaurants and local suppliers sell off-menu products like gift cards and other merchandise. A gift card is not only a great gift idea for others, but also a great treat for yourself once the pandemic eases up. As far as merchandise goes, many well-known restaurants sell t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and other kinds of things that make for comfy quarantine wear, and help your local favorite’s bottom line.

We’ve written before about how to make home meals special, and one of the easiest ways to do that, while giving yourself a night off cooking, is to order take-out from your favorite local spot. Sending some delicious local take outs is also a great way to reconnect with family and friends or to support any essential workers in your area. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not do a surprise take out night with your friends? Order each other your favorite meal, and even eat together over the phone or video call.

If money’s tight but you still want to support your local restaurants, taking a moment to call and express your appreciation, and spending some time writing positive reviews online are small things that can go a long way.

The most important way to support your local economy is through community initiatives and local government elections. Make sure to get informed, get involved, and vote!