LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a Facebook Live event to discuss ideas on flexibly continuing business operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. He was joined by Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Tony Goins; Natalie Micale, Owner of Oh Hello! ad agency; and Todd Duncan, Chairman of Duncan Aviation. Business owners were invited to participate online and to submit questions electronically during the event.
Oh Hello! has created a “COVID-19 Lincoln Business Directory” which can be found by clicking here. The Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) has also created a resource that can be accessed by clicking here.
BUSINESS FLEXIBILITY IDEAS
Offer drive-up service to customers
· Restaurants and bars have moved to takeout, curbside pickup, or drive-thru service.
· Traditional sit-down restaurants are adding phone lines to handle calls for delivery/pickup orders.
· Local retailers are posting items for sale online and then readying orders for curbside pickup.
· Veterinary clinics have begun to offer stay-in-car services. They will come to get the pet from a vehicle, take the pet inside for a checkup, and then deliver the pet back to the vehicle after the exam.
· Photography stores are offering online sales and giving customers the option to pick up curbside.
Deliver to customers
· Traditional sit-down restaurant establishments and bars are delivering orders.
· Consider how you can deliver your product to your customer. Even cigar lounges are delivering cigars to customers.
· Fitness centers are offering virtual classes. YMCA has classes available on a YouTube channel. Other gyms are offering free classes on demand.
· Gyms are sending instructors to provide in-home classes to groups of 10 or less.
Modify normal day-to-day operations
· Businesses are meeting virtually via teleconference or videoconference.
· Food processing plants are taking temperatures of all workers at the door to ensure the health of their teammates at the worksite.
· Large stores have marked off where customers should stand while waiting to checkout. This helps to maintain the recommended social distance between customers.
· Medical clinics are having patients check in from the parking lot and wait in their vehicles for their appointment. This prevents patients from being bunched together in a waiting room.
· Fitness centers are spreading out their equipment to allow up to 10 customers to work out at once.
· Manufacturers are rearranging workspaces to space out their teammates during the pandemic.
· Restaurants are offering gift cards with more value than the purchase price, while specifying that the cards must be used at a later date. For instance, they’re selling $75 gift cards for only $50, provided that the cards are used after June 1, 2020. This is helping their cash flow during the pandemic.