Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020
With officials around the country urging citizens to practice social distancing for arresting spread of the corona virus, many local industries are taking a hit from this adaptation. Corbin Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel said that Corbin, like many of the country’s cities, is experiencing the effects of the pandemic.
“It has completely shut us down,” Kriebel said. “We have to be very careful. We’ve kind of changed the things that we are promoting.”
Kriebel said that instead of promoting specific events, tourism is promoting other activities for people to engage safely during this time. One such activity is visiting Cumberland Falls, said Kriebel.
Kriebel said that she is reaching out to local restaurants to find out what services they are offering. She created a post on Facebook highlighting which restaurants are offering take out, curbside and delivery services. She also included local shopping destinations, publishing the same on Corbin’s Tourism’s Facebook page.
Kriebel said that the city’s hotels have also been affected during this time.
“Our hotels are either empty or people are canceling their reservations left and right. That’s a huge detriment. We’re all in the same boat, everybody in the tourism and travel industry is in the same boat right now. Nobody has people in their hotels,” she said.
Oxford Economics predicted that around 4.6 million jobs will be lost due to travel restrictions and cancelations, and unemployment rate is expected to go up to 6.3% over the next few months.