As the world moves one during the coronavirus crisis, local restaurants are doing what they can to continue to support communities. With new regulations in place over not having inside dining and gatherings, many are offering drive-up service for takeout and delivery.
Rig-A-Tony's Italian Takeout on Broadway in Derry continued its mission to offer fresh takeout food, even setting up a table in front of the business and offering the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinners on St. Patrick's Day.
With nearly springlike temperatures on several days, area pets were getting some extra exercise while owners were forced to remain close to home and say away from gatherings. Several dogs were spotted in downtown Derry recently taking a stroll on quiet streets as businesses adapt to life at the moment.
Signs of the times
Many area businesses are closing and posting signs on front doors thanking customers during this trying time. A local church also posted a message to help people keep the faith. St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry offered the following sentiment on an exterior sign: Stay safe and wash your hands.
A touch of spring
Even during the most difficult times lately, several local businesses are still open, offering materials to get started on home gardening or landscaping projects, pet food, and plenty of seed for backyard bird feeders.
In Derry, shipments of chicks are also chirping up a storm at local stores, with many families continuing the annual ritual of bringing fresh eggs to their home.