According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry has taken the hardest hit of any industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants have lost the most in terms of both sales and jobs with over 8 million workers impacted. A devastating blow of $80 billion in losses from sales was projected for the end of April 2020.

Restaurants are part of the American dream. Some have been family-run for decades, while others were just opened in late 2019 or early 2020 before the pandemic began. All of them are affected in the same way, having to let go of staff and suddenly find a way to sustain themselves.

While the gloom of the coronavirus outbreak isn’t fading away just yet, there are glimmers of hope for everyone. As the recommendations from the White House expire and leave states to open up on their own timelines, many restaurants will get the go-ahead to open up dining again, though with a limited seating capacity as per CDC guidelines.

But will people flock to restaurants again? For many patrons, it might take a while for them to be comfortable. Those in vulnerable populations may not be ready to take their chances. Others, even in the best health, may stay away until a vaccine is readily available.

One Tool Restaurant Owners Need to Keep Business Afloat

As a restaurant owner, it’s likely you’re getting everything ready to reopen your doors and welcome your customers back. Checking all the requirements and making safety adjustments is just one of many very important things to do before things open up.

To truly stay ahead of the curve, though, you should maximize your online potential. The threat of the coronavirus will eventually be removed. But even after that, with a vaccine and treatments, many people may still remain overly cautious and hesitate to return to normal habits like dining out.

For this reason, many people will likely stick to online ordering and delivery options as a way to feel safe when they want to enjoy their favorite foods. Thanks to technology, you can still connect with new and old customers alike. However, things can get a little tricky and complicated.

We’ve all heard horror stories about different delivery services and managing those tickets. Now with Orders.co, an online ordering integration suite, restaurants can service and manage all online orders no matter where they’re coming from in one place.

All orders, whether they’re coming from UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash, or any delivery services, appear seamlessly in one easy to handle list. Better efficiency means orders get completed and delivered correctly, leaving customers happy and well-fed. This program also allows editing of menus, making it simple for restaurants to create the perfect menu on any and all platforms.

To find out more about how your restaurant can survive and go on to thrive beyond the coronavirus pandemic, visit Orders.co.