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South Florida businesses, artists receiving support through social-distancing Facebook groups

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 17:54:22-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Groups are being created on social media to help promote social distancing while still supporting local businesses and artists.

"The Socially Distanced Supper Club" is a group created in Delray Beach by John Brewer and Iain Paterson. They wanted to help support the local restaurants through this hard time.

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“This is our turn to give back to them and help them in any manner,” said Paterson.

In one week, the group has more than 1,600 members.

A Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach group was created Wednesday to help support businesses in those areas.

The groups offer week-day deals to restaurants and places can share their to-go menus.

The page’s description says, "a group of folks looking to flash mob restaurants to keep them afloat in this turbulent time. There is strength in numbers(at a safe distance)."

Another Facebook page, "The Social Distance Festival", was created by Ricky Bolefe to help support artists in the South Florida area who have had canceled gigs.

The page holds Facebook live events for artists to play. This weekend, the page will host a two-day long festival with artists playing every half-hour.

“This weekend we have five to six artists from California. Right now, I am almost positive I am completely booked for next weekend as well,” said Bolefe.