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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.

Mayor Cranley Announces New Pandemic Relief Efforts

Mayor John Cranley addresses the media at Nation Kitchen and Bar in Westwood on Oct. 20, 2020.

Local restaurants and bars are getting a boost under the pandemic. The Taste of Cincinnati All Winter program will give restaurants up to $10,000 to stay open. Mayor Cranley announced the funds last week at Nation Kitchen and Bar in Westwood.

Another relief program is also coming for Cincinnatians affected by the pandemic. The mayor wants to forgive overdue balances for Greater Cincinnati Water Works customers who are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. Mayor Cranley says there will be no shutoff until May 1, 2021.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss pandemic relief efforts isCincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

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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.