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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.

Red Bike Temporarily Shut Down

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Tana Weingartner

Following instruction from the city, Cincinnati's Red Bike has temporarily shut down to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The bikesharing service will remain unavailable pending further directions from the city, a release notes. 

"We know that many people rely on Red Bike as their primary means of transportation, but we all have to do our part in these trying times," Executive Director Jason Barron says in a statement. "We completely support the city in their efforts to manage this crisis and keep everyone safe and healthy."

Red Bike will retain its employees during the temporary shutdown. 

Red Bike is a membership-based nonprofit, and it expects a financial impact due to the city's decision to temporarily shutter its services.

"Red Bike hopes members will consider keeping their Red Bike membership active during the temporary shutdown," the release says. "All memberships fees go to support the continued operation for the public, nonprofit bikeshare system, and will allow Red Bike to provide A+ bikeshare in Greater Cincinnati once it reopens." 

In the meantime, the service is encouraging its users to ride Metro or TANK, both of which are free during the coronavirus crisis.

Jennifer Merritt brings 20 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU.