Supporting southern hospitality in the wake of coronavirus

While Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday, March 16 that bars and restaurants across Kentucky should be closed to foot traffic by the end of the day – he still encouraged people to use delivery, drive-thru and take out as appropriate.

This is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has overwhelmed hospitals in other parts of the world and is spreading rapidly in the U.S.

The impact of COVID-19 is hitting the hospitality industry hard, with significant impacts to domestic and international travel and gathering places that include theaters, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. This is of special concern in Kentucky, where hospitality has long been a strong industry especially in the next few weeks (known as Derby season).

Look at some of the lists Louisville has appeared on in recent years. (These are just highlights.)

Continue to monitor health advice and consider ordering takeout, delivery or drive-thru meals from your favorite local restaurant as appropriate – that way you can support an important Kentucky industry while maintaining social distancing. Gov. Beshear, for example, has committed to a takeout meal three times a week for his family.

You can also support small businesses by buying online gift cards to be used later. This gives a cash influx to the business during this difficult time.

— Beverly Bartlett

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