As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on both public health and the national and local economy continues to swell, elected officials, health care leaders and businesses have taken unprecedented measures — at least in our lifetime — to curb the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects. That means, whether voluntarily, preemptively or under direction, major events like the Flying Pig Marathon, Ohio’s primary election and even Sunday mass have been rescheduled or suspended; orders have been issued requiring social distancing in public; bars and restaurants have had to shut their dining rooms and shared spaces; live music events and theater runs have been canceled — basically, regular life is on hold as we deal with COVID-19.
And the effect of all of the above has had a direct impact on us here at the paper.
The reality is CityBeat is and always has been a free publication, both in print and online — there’s no subscription fee and no paywall, which means our revenue relies 100 percent on Cincinnatians being able to gather at concerts, theaters, restaurants, bars, museums, festivals and even our own events. As advertisers have had to make tough decisions and cut their budgets to weather the quarantine, we are asking for your support.
We have no idea how this pandemic is going to affect us long-term, and everyone will need as much information as they can get.Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to cover issues that matter to the community, and to spotlight Cincinnati businesses and the city's active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Cincinnati with independent, free press.
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