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Federal Hill restaurants to offer delivery services due to coronavirus

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ While the coronavirus is keeping some residents cooped up at home, restaurants on Federal Hill are now ready to “bring the Hill to you.”

The 20 restaurants on Federal Hill will soon be adding to or expanding their delivery service options, according to President of the Federal Hill Commerce Association Rick Simone.

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The announcement came soon after Mayor Jorge Elorza declared a state of emergency for the city of Providence. He also said all current license holders are restricted from gathering more than 100 people at a time.

“This will impact your business over the next couple of weeks,” Elorza said. “We, as a community, can’t afford a virus outbreak. If that were to occur, the impact on local businesses would be catastrophic.”

Simone said some business owners on Federal Hill are worried about upcoming reservations for large events, as well as fast-approaching holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day.

“They are concerned about the overall function of the business, they are concerned about their employees and what it does to their vendors,” Simone said. “It’s a trickle-down effect of how this goes through.”

As Federal Hill grapples with the new restrictions, Simone said many restaurants are choosing to expand delivery services to stay afloat.

“It’s in no way downplaying the seriousness of this virus, but all of the restaurants are taking abundant precautions,” Simone said. “In some sense, they’ve gone above and beyond. The issue is now is ‘How do we react?'”

The list of restaurants offering delivery services will soon be available on the Federal Hill website. Simone said most of the delivery and pickup services will be offered through apps like DoorDash and GrubHub.

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