I dread to think of the economic fall out this might cause. We might be seeing a good number of shops closing for good without a bit of good fortune and creative intervention happening.
I think a lot of small businesses will probably fail due to the lack of business.
A lot of people are advocating the purchase of gift certificates since that gets money in the hands of the merchant immediately during the crisis, and that kind of thing could be done online without the physical need to make an appearance in the shop. Win/Win.