What Coronavirus Means for Orlando’s Economy and How You Can Help .. #Coronavirus #VisitOrlando #LiveLocal

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We live in uncertain times right now. The Coronavirus has started to majorly impact Central Florida from cancelled conventions to the President restricting Europeans from traveling to the U.S. (including those who had plans to visit our theme parks).

Now the NBA has suspended its season for the time being. That means all of the people who would work at the Amway Center for Orlando Magic games, don’t have games to work.

All of this not only is a major loss of revenue for Central Florida businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and yes, even the theme parks, but that trickles down to Central Florida workers, especially those who rely on jobs in the tourist and convention sector.

Even outside the tourist corridor, local businesses are reporting loss of revenue from catering cancellations to reduced customers coming into their business.

This will result in workers losing hours they can’t afford to lose, especially those who are already stretching their minimum wage paychecks to barely make ends meet.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you are well enough to be out and about:

Eat Local
Shop Local
Play Local

It’s ok to still visit chain restaurants, but check out some our great local options, too, including food trucks. And don’t forget to tip as much as you can (and service warrants, of course)!

Central Florida has a lot of locally owned stores and other service businesses. Patronize them instead of the nationwide chains. Your purchase could literally save somebody’s job.

And while it’s great that you want to take advantage of the smaller crowds at our theme parks, set aside some time (and money) to visit places like the Orlando Science Center or Orange County Regional History Museum.

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Can’t go out…or don’t want to until the worst of this virus has passed?

Buy gift cards to be used at a later date. That’s money the business can use now.

Donate to local food banks and Second Harvest. Lack of hours on paychecks will mean more families will need to rely on food banks to eat.

Talk up local businesses on social media to keep them in people’s minds.

Brainstorm on how you can help the Central Florida community weather this latest storm, then implement those ideas. Hey, that’s how this post came about. LOL

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Bottom line is the Orlando economy, and its workers and business owners, are going to take a massive hit before it gets better. And it’s going to take ALL of us to help temper the damage.

Stay safe; do what you can.

Let’s work together Central Florida! We’ve done it before, and we can do it again!

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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