With encouraging first indications of diminished community transmission of COVID-19, many cities and countries are adjusting to a new phase of social distancing and business activity. In places where many of us were asked to shelter-in-place or remain indoors other than for essential errands, we are finding ourselves looking to understand a slow and steady wave of reopenings. While we’re encouraged to remain prudent in physical distancing and personal hygiene, a number of local businesses have adapted their services to feed, restock and entertain their neighbors. Let’s not forget some of these brave local businesses kept their doors open from the start of the pandemic – risking their own comfort and health to bring us any semblance of the everyday luxuries we relied on before. From delivery-only to curbside pick-up, these take-outs, spirits shops, cafes, garden centers, and bookstores continue to offer small sparks of joy and, dare we say, normalcy. Blueground continues to salute them and unveil our list of everyday “hero” businesses in our guest cities around the world.
We’ve adapted our motto of “Show Up and Start Living” to a more relevant “Show Up and Stay In” message to better serve our guests under lockdown or shelter-in-place measures. As the situation evolves and projections chart a “new normal” with constrained mobility, we’re adapting our service and assistance to contact-free forms. That includes leaning heavily on our Guest App, phone and email support to serve our guests and minimize in-person apartment visits to essential service requests. We’re also staying briefed on CDC and WHO guidelines to educate our cleaning personnel and operations teams around best practices to sanitize our homes and safeguard our guest, employee and broader community health. Lastly, we’ve partnered with TaskRabbit to help our guests out with their errands (always in a contactless manner) and Freshly to get ready-to-heat meals delivered to your door. Blueground, with a presence across 12 cities, is not solely the sum of its furnished apartments, but its local teams — who we’d like to think have the real inside scoop on how our guests can get the most out of their city — in good times and bad. We’ve tapped our lifestyle experts as they shelter-in-place and have come together to share this list with you, our guests and community of followers! Enjoy, and let your fingers do the ordering — but safely from the comfort of your home or curbside.
As we encourage our guests and communities to stay safe by balancing at-home routines with cautious outdoor excursions, we strive to bring information and resources to them so they have both the essentials and indulgences they need and love from before. So please remember — a big part of that has to do with continuing to show support in each of our cities for small businesses that may not have the same financial safety net to get through imposed store closures, reductions in foot traffic, or paralyzed supply chains. Blueground encourages you to take small actions that will make a big difference like:
We hope this hand-curated list of businesses local to our global cities will help bridge your #ShowUpStayIn experience with the world outside your window! When it comes time for your next relocation to another city, or another neighborhood of your city, look into the ready-to-go homes furnished and serviced by Blueground. We’re excited to show you how easy it is to arrive to a furnished home and settle in straight away.