Back in March—what feels like years ago, but, we’re told, was only a few months ago—Time Out changed its name to Time In as people all over the world were suddenly asked to stay indoors. Things are still far from normal, but we’re taking baby steps toward getting back to some of the things we love about L.A. while still staying safe—for both ourselves and each other. But it’s becoming clear that social distancing in some form will be with us for the long run—and that spells danger for the places that make city life worth living.
Our editors have been seeking out the best of city life since 1968, when Time Out launched in London. We know that our cities are nothing without their restaurants, cafés, bars, theaters, music venues, nightclubs, movie theaters, art galleries—and all the other local, independently run places where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, think, create, cut loose and fall in love.
If we don’t take action right now, countless places like this will have to close their doors for ever. Many venues, already struggling to pay their bills, face a total collapse in footfall or a huge bill to adapt to social distancing. And millions of bartenders, waiters, cooks, artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, designers and other creatives and makers have been left unable to earn a living.
We’re determined to help. That’s why, today, we’re launching our Love Local campaign by officially lending our voice to crucial initiatives that are fighting to support local food, drink, culture and entertainment in cities worldwide:
Chicago: Comp Tab Relief Fund
Los Angeles: LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund
Miami: Frontline Foods Miami
Montreal: Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund
Barcelona: Raise Your Fork
Madrid: Volveremos Si Tú Vuelves
Paris: Collectif RALIMENT
Hong Kong: #savehkfnb
Sydney: Keep Our Venues Alive
Melbourne: Support Act
The causes we’re backing are already doing incredible work. In Los Angeles, we’re proud to support the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund as they keep nonprofit museums and visual arts organizations afloat by providing both emergency operating support and recovery grants to small and midsized organizations in Los Angeles County.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to hear how you can help as we step up our campaign over the coming weeks. As cities come back to life one by one, we’ll be supporting their local independent venues with fundraising, new Time Out Recommended badges and a dedicated day of celebration.
And finally, to the businesses going through a tough time right now: know that we’re with you, and when you return, we’ll be first in line.
Editor, Time Out Los Angeles