By Ken Ward

As we see lines at airports, school cancellations and many disruptions due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we must look for new ways to support our local economy.
While many nationwide and in our community are forgoing usual shopping and dining patterns, we can still support our downtown small businesses while staying inside.
Instead of dining in, try getting take out, many downtown restaurants are offering curbside service to make it easy to get your favorite dishes. You can also try delivery service, many restaurants and some retailers in our area offer this service for quick ordering while staying at home.
For the shoppers out there, remember many of your favorite downtown retailers and merchants offer gift cards and online ordering-a good way to shop local while staying at home!
Don’t let the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak prevent you from supporting your local Opelika retailers and restaurants! For more information about staying safe, visit:
Ward is the executive director of Opelika Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing and enhancing historic downtown Opelika.