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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.

City, Chamber Offering Restart Help To Businesses

Bill Rinehart

A Cincinnati task force working to rebuild the region's economy following the COVID-19 pandemic is launching a website to assist businesses.

The RESTART website is a collaboration between the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the city's Office of Performance and Data Analytics.

Businesses are now able to upload and share their responsible reopening plans to share with other firms.  There's also a place for businesses to share if they are selling personal protective equipment.

"So we're crowd-sourcing both responsible return plans and PPE," said Brendon Cull with the Chamber. "It's a great way for anybody to make their products known, especially products that are local."

The RESTART task force was started in March. It's a partnership between the Chamber, the Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, and REDI Cincinnati.

The task force includes more than two dozen business and community leaders.

Its goal is to make sure the region recovers economically and regains the momentum before the coronavirus outbreak.

The task force has also released "Principles of a Responsible Return" documents for businesses to use.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.