Dear Downtown Lenoir friends and neighbors,

The safety of the residents, workers, and visitors in Downtown Lenoir is of the utmost importance to us here at the City of Lenoir Main Street Program. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). You can find relevant updates from the City of LenoirNC DHHS, and CDC at their respective websites. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and make sure the people of our community remain healthy.

During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in downtown and throughout our community and to continue supporting them even if you cannot visit them physically. Please visit these small businesses online to determine current hours of operation for delivery, pickup, and more.

Please follow guidance from the CDC and local public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette if and when visiting businesses and public spaces, including maintaining a 6’ distance, not shaking hands, and staying home if you feel unwell. Please continue to monitor the CDC and health official websites for protocol updates.

The good news is that there are still things you can do to support our local businesses even without going inside!

  • Leave reviews for your favorite small businesses on Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Yelp.
  • Shop online or via phone. Several uptown businesses have online shopping available, and many of our shops will be able to help you get what you need via phone or other methods, if necessary.
  • If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards to spend later. Many of our shops, restaurants, salons, and other service providers offer this option!
  • For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount (or more!) as you would dining in.
  • Buy digital products, subscriptions, or memberships.
  • Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.
  • If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
  • Share this info so others know how to help, too.

First and foremost, prioritize all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on collaboration, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has put out additional resources at their website.

For the most current updates, please visit from the City of LenoirNC DHHS, and CDC at their respective websites.