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#TakeOutChallenge hopes to help small businesses during Coronavirus crisis

People are asked to support local restaurants.
#TakeOutChallenge
Posted at 2:37 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 20:57:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A new social media trend is hoping to help local food places hit hard by this COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, restaurants in the county are only allowed to serve food through take-out, delivery, or drive-thru service. Some restaurants have had to close altogether, not able to afford to keep their doors open.

For those businesses trying to stay open, the community is lending its support through #takeoutchallenge.

Sports Director Ben Higgins called it the easiest challenge in history. “All you have to do is go order take out from one of your local restaurants,” he said in a video posted to Twitter. Ben ordered food from Buona Forchetta in Encinitas.

Others also chimed in on social media.

Jason tweeted that he ordered from Mama Kat’s in San Marcos for the first time. On Twitter, Ed gave a shout out to Firehouse Subs in Kearny Mesa and said he ordered twice there this past week. Another view told reporter Melissa Mecija she ordered three times from Stone Brewing.

Jennifer posted that she knows how “important it is to help our neighborhood merchants” because she also owns a shuttered business.