Victoria Trade Association extends free delivery to restaurants as British Columbia closes indoor meals


VICTORIA – The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) Doubles Its Free Delivery Service To Local Restaurants As New Temporary Health Measures Ban Indoor Dining In British Columbia

Through its Downtown Delivers program, the DVBA subsidizes food delivery costs for local restaurants and offers free delivery to customers.

From March 31 to April 19, customers using the Tutti delivery app will not have to pay any delivery charges. Meanwhile, the DVBA says it will cover regular restaurant service charges by 10-15%.

Restaurants participating in the temporary program can be found in the “DVBA Free Delivery” section of the Tutti delivery app.

“The latest health restrictions have had a significant impact on the food and beverage industry,” Jeff Bray, executive director of the DVBA said in a statement Wednesday.

“Every Victorian can help by purchasing an additional take-out meal to support local restaurants and their staff,” he said.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is also calling on islanders to support local businesses as the province grapples with an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The GVCC is launching a “Take Away Challenge”. To participate, islanders must snap a photo of a take-out meal at a local restaurant, post the photo on social media – tag the restaurant, two friends, and the chamber of commerce – and use the hashtag #ChamberLocalVicBC.

On April 26, two winners will be chosen and will receive $ 100 gift cards at Tutti.

House CEO Bruce Williams credits the DVBA’s Downtown Delivers program and Tutti for helping to keep local businesses afloat during the pandemic.

“(Downtown Delivers) has really been a game-changer,” he said. “It has been great for downtown businesses. This allowed them to reach their customers outside the city, so throughout the region.

He adds that Tutti is a Victoria-based company that charges lower delivery costs for local restaurants than big companies like Uber Eats or Skip The Dishes.


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