It’s a beautiful spring in Pleasanton. We’re happy to see community members out and about, enjoying the weather while keeping apart by a respectable 6 feet of space as they take care of necessary errands or exercise.
We are grateful for the fair weather and sunshine, even as we join with other businesses in helping Pleasanton and our community stay safe under the governor’s orders to shelter in place.
Let’s not mince words. This is a rough time for all of us, particularly small businesses. Many of our local restaurant owners have gone from dine-in establishments to take-out businesses or offering delivery only. Some have added grocery sales to their list of offerings to generate extra income.
Our favorite events have been postponed, rescheduled or cancelled. Many of our favorite shops and boutiques are either online only, operating under limited hours, or temporarily closed.
As a community, Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley area are pulling together. There are many ways you can help a local business owner:
- Send them an encouraging message
- Follow their social media accounts
- Purchase gift cards to give their business much-needed cash flow
- Write an online review
- Order from them online if they offer that option
- Purchase from them for curbside pickup
For restaurants, take advantage of takeout and delivery options and share a meal with your family while supporting a local business owner.
The Pleasanton Patch has created a spreadsheet of local businesses that are operating (while adhering to safe social distancing practices). You can view the guide here. There is also a place there to add your business, if you’re not already listed.
Our staff members here at the Rose Hotel are all following the guidelines set by the Alameda County Health Department for physical distancing and sanitation in every way. We’re using the time with fewer guests to give every space a deep, deep-cleaning and upgrading the heating system.
Currently, we also are providing Emergency Rates to active duty members of the National Guard, physicians, nurses and other health care personnel and essential travelers. Everyone needs a safe place to rest and recuperate while battling coronavirus on the frontlines.
Here are some ways you can help our community at large:
- Donate to a local food bank
- If you’re healthy, donate blood
- Make masks for our frontline medical workers
- Don’t hoard goods others might need
- Offer to take care of errands for a neighbor or friend who is medically vulnerable
- Write a letter or postcard to a veteran overseas
As long as we’re all working together to support each other, we will make Pleasanton even stronger. We’re hopeful that we’ll all be more than ready to welcome summer – with open arms and open doors throughout our community.