Cynthiana still open for business

Posted at 7:41 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-12 12:20:49-05

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Right now, Harrison County is at the center of Kentucky's COVID-19 focus. Five of the eight confirmed cases in the state originated from Harrison County.

School is closed for the week, and downtown businesses say they've taken a hit but customers are starting to come back.

"Today's been really good. Really good," said Karey Riddell, who co-owns Burley Market & Cafe with her husband.

At all restaurants and shops we entered, the hand sanitizer is kept up front and tables are regularly wiped down. Riddell says she wants people to feel safe inside her restaurant, even making special accomodations to those hesitant to enter.

"We've had a few older people who didn't want to get out, so we delivered it curbside to them," said Ridell.

"I'm continuing to wash my hands probably more so than I ever have before. But it's life as usual, business as usual, for me," Inspire Designs Botique owner Stacie Eckler said.

Eckler says she has to keep her doors open to stay in business. While walk-ins have slowed, online sales have remained steady.

"I'm very thankful that we have Facebook at this point," said Eckler.

This weekend's Downtown Spring Open House and St. Patrick's Day celebrations are still scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Mayor James Smith encourages folks at risk to stay safe, but is hoping for some return to normalcy.

"Continue living life, while adapting to the new precautions that we have," Mayor Smith said.