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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Local Businesses And The Economic Recovery From The Pandemic

Jason Whitman
People visit Downtown as businesses reopened in May 2020 following shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With pandemic restrictions easing, local business owners are looking to the future and what they hope is a better year ahead. But many concerns still linger. Some industries have been hit hard by a worker shortage. Many restaurants are finding labor in short supply and even Kings Island has cut park hours due to staffing issues.

Now that workers are beginning to return to the office how will this impact Downtown business? And how is our region doing in recovering from jobs lost during the pandemic?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss local businesses in this stage of the recovery are Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber President and CEO Jill Meyer; and African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky President and CEO Eric Kearney.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.