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Businesses adapt in light of COVID-19

Businesses adapt in light of COVID-19
Businesses adapt in light of COVID-19
The Rev. Rick Harting gets a to-go coffee from Amber Stark yesterday morning (Tuesday) at KentJava Bar in Corydon. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

With stay-at-home orders in place and social-distancing still heavily encouraged, bars and restaurants are closed for dining in. That’s led to many local businesses coming up with unique operation strategies due to COVID-19 regulations.

Indiana has opened a call center to field industry questions about Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions during the stay-at-home order. The hotline (1-877-820-0890), for employers only, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bobby Bass, co-owner of 1816 Modern Kitchen & Drinks and Tavolo Italian Bistro, both in downtown Corydon, said their teams are working hard to provide for the community. 1816 is offering curbside and online ordering, catering on a case-by-case basis and daily lunch specials. The restaurant is also offering 10% discounts to health care workers and first responders.

“One unique thing we are doing is offering a dinner and a movie special,” Bass said. “If you spend over $30 with us on your meal, we will give you a Redbox coupon to rent a movie. We are also trying to accommodate everyone, too. One elderly woman called wanting food and she only lived three blocks away, so we drove it down to her. These are hard times, and we want to be there for everyone as much as we can.”

Tavolo is offering catering to families that will include a free dessert and a 10% discount to health care workers and first responders with free delivery. Its operating hours are noon to 7 p.m.

KentJava Bar, a coffee shop in downtown Corydon, is still working to get the community their coffee needs by offering curbside pickup and carry out. Call 812-736-0032 to place an order and a staff member will bring it to your vehicle.

To better facilitate curbside pick-up orders, the Town of Corydon approved a dedicated “curbside pick-up parking spot” to be used exclusively for that purpose for local businesses and restaurants. Business or restaurant owners who would like to have curbside service parking spaces made available to them should contact Susan Mills at the town hall by email at [email protected]

Olde Country Cupboard is still operating at regular business hours as well but is offering to bring purchases out to vehicles for those who don’t want to enter the shop. Owner Laisha Smith posts new products on her business’ Facebook page, along with their prices, with the option of purchasing through the posts.

Most local businesses also sell eGift Cards that can be used at a later date.

Holiday Foods in New Salisbury is offering a time, on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m., for customers 60 and older, as well as those most at risk, to do their shopping. The store will continue this until April 28, when it will re-evaluate the situation.

Most businesses are posting updates to their Facebook pages regarding hours, curbside options, etc. Also, this newspaper is updating its Facebook page and website with information as it is provided to the newsroom staff.