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Nationwide movement hopes to support local restaurants

Last Updated Apr 21, 2020 at 8:43 pm MDT

A Foodora courier is pictured as they pick up an order for delivery from a restaurant in Toronto, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Food service apps and mail couriers are being encouraged to change the way they deliver as more Canadians self-isolate to prevent COVID-19 transmission.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Have you taken part in #takeoutday yet?

It’s a nationwide campaign to remind Canadians local restaurants are still operating, even if it’s just for pick up and delivery.

Dan Clapson with¬†eatnorth.com¬†says he’s encouraged by how the industry is adapting.

“The current crisis has shown how creative small business owners can be. And I’ve loved watching these independent restauranters pivot to takeout, delivery or meal kit options in really interesting ways because I feel like now if you’re not getting creative as a small business particularly as a restaurant you’re definitely going to be left in the dust. You probably won’t come out on the other end of this,” Clapson said.

While take out day is Wednesday, Clapson says don’t feel that’s the only day you can order from a local restaurant.

“It’s a movement to encourage people to feel comfortable to order takeout, but don’t feel obligated to order that takeout on the Wednesday specifically. I don’t think you need to plan your life around doing takeout on Wednesdays; it’s meant to have people be inspired to order takeout,” he added.

For a full list of local restaurants, you can visit canadatakeout.com