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How Your City's Curfew Will Affect Food Deliveries and Grocery Shopping

Some cities may experience food access disruptions.
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Just as restaurants were nearing a nationwide reopening for the first time since the pandemic started, protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd have erupted all over the country. Instances of violence and looting have put the reopening plans on hold in some places. And many major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Dallas have implemented curfews, which further complicates the reopening efforts. If you live in a city with a newly imposed curfew, you may also see a disruption of food delivery services and shorter grocery store hours. Based on where you live, here's how you could be affected.


Dine-in is mostly off the table

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Restaurants in large protest epicenters have temporarily suspended operations amid fears of looting and criminal behavior that could put their establishments and employees in harm's way. The curfew has added another fresh set of challenges: In many places, there have been no particular orders for restaurants to close, but it also hasn't been clear whether restaurant workers would be exempt from the curfew. It seems that for the duration of the curfew, restaurants are putting off reopening their dining halls, shortening their hours, and some are closing altogether.


Grocery stores remain open but some are changing their hours

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Grocery stores in areas particularly affected by looting have been forced to close for the time being. Such is the case with Chicago, where businesses on the South side have shut their doors. This has left residents traveling significant distances for groceries. Others have been closing early to give their employees enough time to get home safely before the curfew takes place. If you live in a city affected by the curfew, make sure you take this into account when planning a grocery run. Third-party grocery delivery services like Amazon, Instacart, and Shipt are heeding curfew restrictions and scaling back their services too, so delivery slots may be harder to come by.

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Restaurant delivery via third party apps may be affected

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Delivery services like DoorDash, Seamless, and UberEats are going to be adjusting to curfew hours and local restrictions. For example, Buzzfeed reports that UberEats will halt order processing during curfews in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Oakland at the request of city officials, but will continue to process orders in New York City and New York State, as it was deemed an essential business by the state. DoorDash and Grubhub confirmed they would also keep adjusting to conditions on the ground and individual restrictions in different cities, as reported by Food & Wine. For more, make sure to sign up for our newsletter to get daily grocery shopping and food news.

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