The pandemic hasn't been easy for most people. But there is no denying that it's been particularly chaotic for health care workers. As such, one Edmonton restaurant, Underground Tap & Grill, is providing free meals to frontline health care workers, as of Thursday, March 19. 

Their Instagram post reveals all you need to know about their new initiative, which was launch to show respect and support to the health care workers during this crucial period. 

The meals will be provided to workers on the days that they work. The health care professionals will be able to make their orders through email, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, or Instagram. 

The meals will be available for pick up every week from Monday to Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. to  8:00 p.m. 

The restaurant is asking the workers to send them a message before pick-up, so their staff can get their order ready by the front door for them. Hospital ID will be required to get the free meals. 

They ended their message by sharing some hopeful words. "Together we can pull through the hardship the city is going through."

The health care staff will be able to choose any meal from their extensive menu.

Narcity spoke to Underground Tap & Grill, and they further explained their decision to offer free meals. "We just want to give back to the frontline workers. We know how hard it is with healthcare staff right now, they're understaffed. We just want to say thank you."

They said this free-meal initiative will go on for the next couple of weeks, depending on what the business can handle.

We just had a look at the menu ourselves, and we wouldn't mind a takeout dish or two from this spot. From Jamaican lamb curries to pesto pasta, they've got you covered. 

Like many restaurants in the province, they've had to make some big changes after the Alberta government declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, March 17. 

Under the new measures announced as part of this state of emergency, venues are only allowed to hold less than 50 people at a time or less than 50% of their capacity, whichever is lower. 

Thus, Underground Tap & Grill, which is located on Jasper Ave in the heart of Edmonton's downtown, has had to change their hours in response to the new provincial mandates. 

Though the 50-patron limit is in effect at the restaurant, they are still offering take-out, and delivery will be available within a ten-block area, as explained in a separate post

They're not the only local businesses in the province to begin changing their operations amid the pandemic.

From a Calgary brewery manufacturing hand-sanitizer to an Edmonton bookstore offering free delivery, quite a few local businesses are doing their part and getting creative to serve their communities. 

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