Bermuda\u2019s beloved eateries have long filled a need for residents and visitors alike, with menus boasting culinary favourites from peas \u2019n\u2019 rice and pizza to fishcakes on raisin rolls. Now they need our help.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) is rallying support for local restaurants and their employees who are raising the industry bar during COVID-19 via innovative business models such as home, takeout and kerbside deliveries. Next Thursday, April 2, the BTA is promoting \u201cThe Great Bermuda Takeout Day\u201d to encourage residents to take advantage of those options by ordering takeout or delivery.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\u201cBermuda is well known for its boasty food culture and genuine hospitality that set the island apart,\u201d said BTA Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Victoria Isley. \u201cSo, we\u2019re proud to invite everyone to join this effort by contacting restaurants island-wide to order breakfast, lunch or dinner\u2014or all three! We hope this helps boost dollars and morale for our valued restaurant stakeholders.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe Great Bermuda Takeout Day initiative is part of several being developed by the BTA\u2019s internal COVID-19 Stakeholder Taskforce, made up of team members of its New York and Bermuda offices. Earlier this week, the BTA launched a dedicated page on GoToBermuda.com promoting more than 150 operational businesses, including a host of nearly 60 local food and beverage outlets that are showing innovation to reach customers amid social-distancing restrictions. Restaurants can join the listing by completing a brief online form on the site.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\u201cCOVID-19 has hit our industry hard with closure of all our sit-in spaces,\u201d said Phil Barnett, a BTA Director and representative of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Division. \u201cWe are doing everything in our power to keep as many of our team members employed and working\u2014but we need the community\u2019s support more than ever. So, savour some sushi. Hurry for a curry. Bite into a burger. Our industry appreciates it!\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nTo participate in \u201cThe Great Bermuda Takeout Day\u201d April 2, residents are encouraged to go online or call restaurants to order meals for takeout or delivery. You can also like or share BTA\u2019s social posts on #GreatBermudaTakeoutDay and share your own culinary adventures that day.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBe sure to get your evening orders in early to comply with any government public-health curfew restrictions or guidelines in effect April 2.