How Food and Grocery Delivery Services Are Dealing With Coronavirus in Miami
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On Thursday March 12th, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared a state of emergency and ordered the cancellation of all mass gatherings, eliminating important events such as the Miami-Dade County Fair, Miami Open, MIA Runway 5K and the Miami Open effectively closed all major gatherings at the American Airlines Arena.
At the same time, the CDC is urging people to self-isolate if they suspect they have symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or have traveled to countries or cities with outbreaks.
Miami’s restaurants and bars have worked to develop new ways to safely handle food in this new reality. However, there may be times when it is best to just order and watch Netflix.
In response to consumer concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, delivery services, as well as restaurants, have increased security for customers. Some restaurants seal bags, and many delivery services have options that allow packages to be left on the door to avoid face-to-face contact.
Other delivery services provide the drivers with disinfectants and paid sick leave.
Expect delays in online ordering and be prepared for replacements. The delivery times fill up quickly. So order early in the morning if you want your items the same day and don’t fret if your favorite brand of hand soap is out of stock.
Don’t forget to tip your delivery driver and give a good rating via the app. They go out into the world, so you don’t have to.
Here is a list of grocery and grocery delivery services, along with all of the coronavirus-specific information you might need.
Amazon Prime Now. Amazon’s food service is the primary way of getting groceries from the Whole Foods Market to your doorstep. The service is free with an Amazon Prime subscription and minimum purchase. Although Seattle service was reported to be lagging behind, a recent online visit to Miami revealed available same-day delivery window options as well as plenty of hand soap. The website warns of delivery delays and lack of stock.
Delivery guys. This service delivers meals from restaurants such as Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Shake Shack, as well as food from Fresh Market and Milam’s in most parts of South Florida. The general delivery times are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
DoorDash. Not only does DoorDash deliver meals from fast food giants like McDonald’s and Subway, it also caters to local favorites like Harry’s Pizzeria, Yambo, and Sergio’s Restaurant. Delivery is free for your first order. The company enables your “Dasher” to leave your order on your front door or gate and send a photo of their location via the app. Customers are asked to request this service in the “delivery instructions” function in the app. DoorDash offers paid sick leave to its employees so that both workers and consumers have more security.
Fresh direct. Fresh Direct supplies everything from seafood to craft beer, and also offers kosher and organic foods. The company offers the option of dropping off your package at your doorstep. However, the website says: “Due to the high demand, delivery times are filling up faster than usual. So please plan ahead. As a precaution, our delivery staff will bring your order to your door but cannot get to your home.” at this time. In addition, we will not be collecting bags at this time. Please keep them and reuse them or dispose of them properly. “
GrubHub. This Chicago-based delivery company offers delivery of goodies from Fireman Derek, Dbakers, Wing Spot, and others. GrubHub drivers leave your deliveries on your doorstep when you request the service in the delivery instructions.
Instacart. Instacart is probably the best grocery service out there. It supplies from Publix, Aldi, Total Wine and other stores like CVS. The company recently introduced an employee sick leave policy. Now expect delivery delays. The company posted on its website: “Due to high demand, delivery window availability may be affected and some critical items may be out of stock.” As of today, March 13th, the waiting time for delivery is around 36 hours, as opposed to the usual two to four.
Postmates. Here you will find the essentials from Walgreens and 7-Eleven to Postmates as well as coffee from Starbucks, Panther and Vice City Bean. Get a Cuban sandwich from the Three Palms Cafe or empanadas from Half Moon and tacos from Naked Taco or even Taco Bell. Postmates offers a contactless option to drop off your parcel.
Shipping. Shipt is part of the Target Corporation and supplies everything. So if you need a new TV for your bedroom, you can have it in a few hours. The company supplies from Target, Winn-Dixie, CVS, ABC Fine Wines, Petco, Costco and Publix. Annual membership is $ 99, but a 30-day trial is free. Ship drivers leave your parcel at your doorstep on request and respond extremely quickly to delivery times and replacement offers by text.
Uber eats. Uber released a coronavirus statement that says drivers and delivery drivers diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive financial assistance for up to 14 days while their account is suspended. Uber also provides disinfectants to drivers to keep their vehicles clean. By leaving a note for the driver in the app, Uber Eats customers can request that their purchases be left at the door. Find restaurants like Michael Schwartz ‘Genuine Miami Deli, Jimmy’s Diner and Starbucks in the app.
Walgreens. Starting today, March 13th, the pharmacy chain will waive next-day delivery charges for all eligible prescriptions and offer free delivery of online purchases – with no minimum amount. Walgreens also provides real-time online inventory information.
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Laine Doss is the food and liquor editor for the Miami New Times. It was featured on Eat Street by Cooking Channel and in the Great Food Truck Race by Food Network. She won an Alternative Weekly Award for her contribution on what it’s like to wait for tables.