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Hundreds show support to businesses in "A Rally for Tally"

Posted at 1:16 AM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 06:20:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - — COVID-19 is causing a serious hit on restaurants in the Big Bend. People in Tallahassee said they want to help. Hundreds of people ordered in Saturday to show those businesses what community is all about with "A Rally for Tally."

This comes after Governor DeSantis banned people from dining in an attempt to stop the virus from spreading. Now, people have to pick up their brew curbside at places like Ology Brewing.

"We're kind of innovating a way to be able to serve people at the door," said Ology Brewing Company Co-owner Nick Walker. "Tallahassee has been a great support for us and we really appreciate it."

The brewery is also giving out its own distilled hand sanitizers to customers as a thank-you. This isn't the only local business needing support from the community.

Barnaby's Family Inn and Pizza thought COVID-19 could mean the end for business. They even posted a sign asking customers for their help and they came through.

"It's been unbelievable," said Barnaby's Manager Kimberly Paynter. "People not being able to dine in the dining room has had no effect."

To go orders for Barnaby's nearly doubling. They said they couldn't have done it without their supportive customers.

"We thank Tallahassee for their support and not only us but there are a lot of local businesses that need you right now and if everybody can show them the love they showed us it would be amazing," said Paynter. "We appreciate everybody."