Access To Restaurants And Stores During Quarantine

As the world shuts down in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are struggling to get food. Although restrictions have been set, there are luckily still ways to access restaurants and grocery stores.

A large number of restaurants are still offering pickup and delivery. Most fast food places are continuing to keep their drive-thrus open, and you can access them like normal. You don’t even need a car, and although it might feel a little strange, you can bike or walk up to the window if you want.

“I’ve walked through the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru multiple times,” freshman Jonathan Losos said.

In addition to restaurants, most grocery stores remain open and you are still able to shop, as long as you are wearing a mask.

If you would prefer not to go out yourself, there are thankfully multiple different delivery services that will bring the food right to your door, such as UberEats, DoorDash and GrubHub. UberEats is even offering contactless delivery, where they will leave the food at your door, with no interaction necessary. 

It’s not just fast food places that are offering delivery either. A large selection of local restaurants are open for takeout, and with a few clicks, you can have anything from ice cream to sushi, delivered right to your door.

While ordering food is nice, it’s not practical for every meal. If you want to avoid the stores, but still get your needed groceries, there is thankfully a service for that.

With the app Instacart, you can choose a grocery store, and select all the items you want. Then, someone will go out for you and buy all your groceries and bring them right to you. 

Demand for food is at a high, and although you might not be able to get it in the way you’re used to, there are still plenty of options. Employees all over are working hard to provide for everyone.

“I’ve made a lot of deliveries all over, even out of our normal delivery range,” senior Aaron Peterson, an employee at Jimmy Johns, said “A bunch of people are ordering food from home, and so I’m still there to make and deliver.”

Upon this pandemic, many feel pressure to lock themselves at home and live on canned foods. While we, unfortunately, cannot dine-in like normal, we can still order food for curbside pickup. These delivery services are here for a reason and everyone is encouraged to use them.