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In Covington, Main Street Businesses And Restaurants Once Again Wait For A Revival

Cutman Barber Shop is among the businesses now closed in Covington
Cutman Barber Shop is among the businesses now closed in Covington

Mandated social distancing has impacted local main streets, forcing the closure of non-essential retail businesses and limiting restaurants to carryout or delivery options only.

The restrictions created by the national, state and local governments' attempts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus have brought to a halt what was a nascent resurgence of local downtown areas.

Over the past decade, downtown Covington had reestablished itself as an important commercial center in Northern Kentucky, with trendy shops, a boutique hotel, upscale lofts and destination dining establishments. 

But now, it's slow on Madison Avenue, Pike Street and Main Street again.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to talk about it are Renaissance Covington Executive Director Nick Wade, whose organization promotes and assists local businesses through promotions and access to funds; and local restaurateurs working to weather the coronavirus storm.

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