Pizza delivery has been popular for a long time in the United States, but it has really seen a surge during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Ordering pizza can give you a sense of normalcy during this trying time, and it's also a nice break from having to cook night after night. However, there are a few guidelines to follow when ordering pizza during the pandemic. These guidelines will benefit you and also the pizza delivery restaurant.
If you can pay online, do so.
Pizza delivery restaurants have long been a cash business, and this used to be the easiest way for drivers to earn and keep track of their tips. However, handing cash over to someone during the pandemic creates an increased risk, both for you and for the delivery driver. If the restaurant you are ordering from has an app you can pay through (and most do now), then pay through the app. This way, you don't have to directly interact with the driver and risk passing the virus to one another.
You're not the only one ordering delivery. Even in areas where restaurants are allowed to be open for dining, more people are electing to order delivery instead of going out to eat. So pizza restaurants are doing more deliveries than usual. There may be a longer wait than you are used to for this reason. Call well in advance of when you need your pizza so you're not left hanging. You can even call a few hours ahead. For example, instead of wondering what the wait time might be, you can call at 2:00 pm and ask if you can have a pizza delivered around 7:00 pm.
Do tip the driver.
Pizza delivery drivers are putting themselves at risk to bring you your food right now. So now, more than ever, it is a good idea to tip your delivery driver a little extra if you can afford to do so. No, you don't need to leave a $20 tip on a $30 order (although the driver will be delighted if you do!). But giving $5 when you would usually give $3, or giving $10 when you might usually give $8 is a nice gesture in these challenging times. As mentioned above, tip through the app if possible.
Pizza delivery provides a nice break from the mundane nature of life during this pandemic. If you pay via the app, plan ahead, and be generous with your tipping, everyone will have a good experience.
To learn more, contact a local pizza delivery service.