Back in March, Time Out changed its name to Time In. All over the world, people were suddenly asked to stay indoors to protect themselves and others. Now lockdowns are being relaxed in many countries—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. We know that our cities are nothing without their restaurants, cafés, bars, theatres, music venues, nightclubs, cinemas, 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 forever. 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 Frontline Foods Miami, an organization that’s helping the city’s restaurants feed healthcare workers and folks at the forefront of this global crisis.
This volunteer-run, grassroots organization we’re backing is already doing incredible work. In the last couple of months, Frontline’s Miami chapter has partnered with 28 local restaurants to deliver nearly 35,000 meals to 13 different medical facilities across Miami-Dade county. We’re proud to support them as they raise funds, support restaurants and give back to the healthcare and hospitality communities.
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 we’ll be first in line when you return.
Time Out Miami editor