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A Lighter Lift: 3 local businesses react to Arnold changes

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With the news of all spectator activities planned for Arnold Sports Festival being canceled due to coronavirus concerns, many people are left in limbo, including local businesses.

We reached out to several businesses located near the Columbus Convention Center for their thoughts on the partial cancellations. Here are responses from North Market, Barley’s, and Hilton:

North Market | 59 Spruce St, Columbus

“The Arnold Sports Festival athletes and guests have been wonderful to North Market over the years. We know this was a tough call and we completely support the decision made by local officials and event organizers to minimize the spread of the virus.” – Meghan Kwast Brouillette, CTA, North Market Development Authority

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Barley’s Brewing Company | 467 N High St, Columbus

“We understand and support the decision to modify the Arnold Classic format for 2020. The safety of the athletes, attendees, and vendors is a priority. We are thankful that Columbus has leadership that will focus on the big picture and not look at the potential loss of revenue as a deterrent. All of the local businesses will be impacted on some level with the decrease in attendance.”

“Barley’s is fortunate to be right across from the street form the convention center. The Arnold Classic attendees have always treated us very well with their patronage. We have a special menu in place to support their menu preferences. We still expect to see a significant amount of foot traffic over this weekend. We look forward to welcoming all attendees during the convention being part of what makes Columbus such a great city.” – Jason Fabian, General Manager

Hilton Columbus Downtown | 401 N High St, Columbus

While Marketing Manager Presley Burley declined to comment on an individual hotel’s performance, he offered this statement regarding coronavirus from corporate:

“The health and well-being of our guests, team members and all who visit our properties is Hilton’s highest priority. We are actively monitoring novel coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and will continue to respond based on the best advice of governments, public health authorities, and medical professionals.”

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This story will be updated if/when 614NOW receives comments from other surrounding businesses.

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COVID-19 puts Columbus Arts Festival on hold until next year

Mitch Hooper

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Citing the COVID-19 outbreak, the Greater Columbus Arts council board has voted to cancel the 2020 Columbus Arts Festival, formerly scheduled for June 12-14.

"As much as we desperately want to go on as planned, we recognize that we must put the health and safety of our patrons, artists, performers, vendors and sponsors first," said Tom Katzenmeyer, President & CEO of GCAC, in a press release. "As we’ve watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, with all the uncertainty it holds for the near future, we could not in good conscience hold a festival that would bring artists and visitors from 38 states and four countries, and more than 500,000 people within close proximity to each other on the downtown riverfront."

In past press conferences, Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, has said that we could see the impacts of COVID-19 lasting into May with a gradual drop-off. Currently, Columbus has seen many events in May be canceled including Taco Fest and Six One Pour, both citing public health taking priority over the festivals.

This announcement comes as one of the first events in June to officially cancel due to the Coronavirus. Though it won't be taking place this year, Katzenmeyer remains hopeful for the future of Arts Fest.

"I will miss this energy. I will miss these people. I will miss being a part of this experience, and yes, I will miss fresh lemonade shake ups. But we made this decision to ensure that we all remain healthy and able to enjoy all these wonderful experiences at next year’s Arts Festival. And that is where I have my heart set."

In Central Ohio, June also plays host to the Memorial Tournament, the Pride Parade and Festival, and the Creekside Jazz and Blue Fest. 614Now will have more updates about upcoming events as they become available.

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Aunt Flow pivots manufacturing to help with the COVID-19 outbreak

Mitch Hooper

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Of the many things COVID-19 has exposed a need for, one of the largest topics of conversation has been face masks. From nurses in hospitals to grocery store clerks, these are becoming equally important as they are difficult to find. However, Claire Coder, founder and CEO of Aunt Flow, is pitching in her manufacturing resources to assist in the crisis.

In a Facebook post on March 26, Aunt Flow announced that it has been working around the clock to produce FDA-approved face masks for those in need.

"We are here for YOU. People helping people. PERIOD," the post stated.

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By The Numbers: How COVID-19 has impacted Ohio thus far

Mitch Hooper

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While these numbers are subject to fluctuate and grow throughout the upcoming days and weeks, Ohio.gov has released its current numbers on COVID-19 and its impacts.

Currently, as of March 31, 2020, here are the reports:

  • 2,199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio
  • 585 total hospitalizations
  • 198 ICU admissions
  • 55 total deaths

The median age of these cases was reported at 53 with a sex split at 49% males and 51% females with a less than 1% not reporting their sex. The age range, however, goes from one year olds to 99-years-old.

614Now will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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