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How to Stay Safe and Support Downtown Frederick Businesses


The safety of Downtown Frederick’s residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to Downtown Frederick Partnership. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.

For a list of Downtown Frederick Partnership’s spring events impacted by COVID-19, visit downtownfrederick.org/blog. For a list of resources that are available to small businesses located in Downtown Frederick, visit downtownfrederick.org/resources.

 

During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in Downtown Frederick and throughout our community and to continue supporting them even if you cannot visit them physically.

Many Downtown Frederick restaurants and essential businesses remain open, and are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. Follow guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette if and when visiting businesses and public spaces. As of Monday, March 23 all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close to the public, though they may continue to offer online and phone sales for shipment to home.

There are many ways that you can continue to support our small and local businesses during this time:

  1. Shop local online. See below for a list of downtown retailers with online stores who can ship directly to your home.
  2. If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards to spend later. See below for a list of downtown retailers and restaurants that sell gift cards online.
  3. For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in. See below for a list of downtown restaurants that offer delivery and takeout.
  4. If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
  5. Tune in for online classes, activities, gatherings, etc. being offered by local businesses. See below for a list of downtown locations offering online content.
  6. Share this post and information widely so others know how to help.

First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the Downtown Frederick economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.

The lists below are being updated on an ongoing basis. We are working with our downtown businesses to provide you with the most up-to-date information possible. Check back often. Click on each category description to expand the list below.

Downtown Restaurants with Food Delivery Available

As of 5PM on Monday, March 16 all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms across the state of Maryland are required by law to close to the public. Drive-through, carryout and delivery services are still permitted. Curbside Pickup Parking Zones have been established throughout Downtown Frederick. Residents may park in these zones for 10 minutes to receive their carryout orders from local restaurants and operations. No meter payment is necessary.

See below for a list of Downtown Frederick restaurants that will be offering food delivery. Many restaurants are offering to-go beer, wine and cocktails! This list may not be comprehensive, but we’re making every effort. Thank you for supporting our downtown businesses!

Downtown Restaurants with Takeout Orders Available

As of 5PM on Monday, March 16 all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms across the state of Maryland are required by law to close to the public. Drive-through, carryout and delivery services are still permitted. Curbside Pickup Parking Zones have been established throughout Downtown Frederick. Residents may park in these zones for 10 minutes to receive their carryout orders from local restaurants and operations. No meter payment is necessary.

See below for a list of Downtown Frederick restaurants that will be offering takeout and/or curbside pickup. Many restaurants are offering to-go beer, wine and cocktails! This list may not be comprehensive, but we’re making every effort. Thank you for supporting our downtown businesses!

Shopping Local (Online & Home Delivery)

As of Monday, March 23 all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close to the public, though they may continue to offer online and phone sales for shipment to home. See below for a list of downtown retailers that you can continue to support from the comfort and safety of your own home!

Businesses Open for Essential Services

As of Monday, March 23 all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close to the public. See below for a list of downtown businesses that remain open (restaurants are listed in the sections above). Many places have altered hours of operation, or have limited services to curbside pick-up, scheduled appointments, etc. Please check individual businesses’ websites for their most up-to-date hours of operation.

Online Classes, Activities & More

Many downtown businesses are taking to the internet to stay connected with their community! See below for a list of businesses offering online classes, tutorials, activities, gatherings, and more…

 

Ways to Give Back


We love our Frederick community… and we know that you do too! Help our small businesses survive the impacts of social distancing and mandated shutdowns, and provide relief for neighbors in need by donating what you can today. Frederick’s economic development and nonprofit communities have partnered together to establish two amazing ways to give.

 

Support Small Businesses by donating to the City of Frederick Economic Development Fund at frederickcountygives.org/cityfund (to support small businesses, write “COVID-19” in the comment box when completing your contribution).

Dollars raised through this fund will support the The City of Frederick’s Small Business Resiliency Micro-Grant program. Due to an overwhelming response from the business community, the program is no longer accepting grant applications. However, by donating to the fund, you can help provide additional grants to the more than 180 deserving businesses who have already applied. These funds never need to be repaid by the business, and can be used to cover everyday operating expenses (rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.) that are required to keep their businesses afloat during this difficult time.

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES

 

Support Frederick County Residents by donating to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign at unitedwayfrederick.org/COVIDRelief.

Dollars raised through this campaign will be used to support nonprofits who directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Programmatic impacts may include, but are not limited to, emergency shelter, financial stability programs, transportation needs, prescriptions and medical supplies, food and food supplies for seniors, and suicide prevention and other mental health services. United Way of Frederick County will waive all processing fees and 100% of your donation will go to those most in need. To ensure maximum impact, the funding community (United Way of Frederick County, Maryland, Ausherman Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Frederick County, The Delaplaine Foundation, The Helen J. Serini Foundation, The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County and others) is banding together to ensure that dollars are distributed appropriately throughout the community.

SUPPORT FREDERICK RESIDENTS

 

Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.