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Everything continues to change on a daily basis, as we adjust our lives to better keep ourselves and loved ones safe and healthy as coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts our community. Social distancing has changed the way we work, communicate, and take care of everyday tasks. This has a huge impact on local businesses, from specialty retailers to bars and restaurants.

This page will serve as a resource for several groups:

  • Those looking to support local businesses
  • Those spending time at home to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19
  • Small business owners

Libraries and Museums Are Open for Business

The Cincinnati Art Museum reopened to the public on June 20, with some new restrictions and procedures. General admission will still be free, but guests should register for timed-entry tickets in advance, as the museum will have limited capacity. Enjoy the Terrace Cafe, Museum Shop and new Art Climb staircase, which will all be open, along with the current exhibitions. To review a detailed list of guidelines before your trip, click here.

The Contemporary Arts Center has reopened to the public, with the same health and safety guidelines that other cultural institutions have enacted. Admission to the museum remains free, but visitors must reserve a time slot to manage capacity. Face masks are also required for employees and visitors. On Wednesdays, the hours of 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. are reserved for senior citizens and those with disabilities.  To make your reservation, click here.

The Taft Museum of Art has reopened, with a new, timed entry system and other recommended protocols by Responsible Restart Ohio. Before you visit, make sure to review the health and safety policies for guests and employees at the museum. Online ticket purchases are recommended, but you can also purchase tickets in person for an additional fee. Admission will continue to be free on Sundays, and always free for museum members. First responders can enjoy free admission during July and August. Explore the permanent collection at the museum and grab lunch at the Lindner Family Café.  To purchase tickets, click here.  

The first floor of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County’s Main Library is now open for limited use. Visitors can use a computer, copy, print or fax items, charge devices, check out a book or DVD, and get help with job searching or filing for unemployment. The library is accessible from the Walnut Street entrance only, as the Vine Street entrance remains closed. For more information, click here.

The Mercantile Library has reopened for members-only access, with strict adherence to the latest business guidelines. The first 30 minutes during business hours will be dedicated to those in the at-risk category, and all visitors and employees must wear a mask. New library hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The library will continue to host virtual events including book discussions and other programming.

Expanded Outdoor Dining Locations

As more workers and visitors return to downtown, restaurants and retailers have also reopened, with certain restrictions in place to ensure the health and safety of their patrons. 

To allow for dining while adhering to social distancing policies, restaurants are providing expanded outdoor dining to patrons. Please click on the map below for locations of downtown restaurants offering expanded outdoor dining. This list will be updated as more restaurants are approved for this service.

outdoor dining map

Support Local Businesses!

This is trying time for all of us. In an effort to come together, one thing we can do, is continue to support local businesses by utilizing those that have carryout/delivery options, as well as doing online shopping at specialty retailers and purchasing gift cards from local businesses.

Carryout/Delivery Options

The following downtown restaurants are offering carry-out and/or delivery options.

The Banks:

BurgerFi – Carry-out and delivery. 161 E. Freedom Way. (513) 832-2817

Condado Tacos – Carry-out and delivery.195 E. Freedom Way. (513) 263-1172

Jimmy John’s – Carry-out and delivery. 171 E. Freedom Way. (513) 381-4800

Joella’s Hot Chicken – Carry-out and delivery. 180 E. Freedom Way. (513) 345-6786

Pies & Pints – Carry-out and delivery. 56 W. Freedom Way. (513) 721-7437

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Curbside carry-out. 100 E. Freedom Way. (513) 381-0491

Street Corner Market at The Banks – Carry-out.160 Marian Spencer Way. (513) 421-1414

Taste of Belgium – Carry-out, delivery and curbside pick-up. 16 W. Freedom Way. (513) 396-5800

Yard House – Carry-out. 95 E. Freedom Way. (513) 381-4071

Central Business District:


AT580 Market – Carry-out service, online ordering, and DoorDash. Offering grocery items in-store. 580 Walnut Street (Plaza Level). (513) 873-9268

Bridges Nepali Cuisine – Carry-out.133 E. Court Street. (513) 978-9055

Bru Burger - Carry-out, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 41 E. 6th Street. (513) 463-6003

Café de Paris – Carry-out and delivery. 17 Garfield Place. (513) 651-1919

Crown Republic Gastropub – Carry-out, delivery, and curbside pick-up. They are also offering pasta dinner kits that can be made at home. Options include pasta with red sauce ($22), pasta with bolognese ($25), kale or Caesar salad ($10), minestrone soup ($9) and pints of cookie dough ($8). 720 Sycamore Street. (513) 246-4272

Corkopolis – Carry-out wine bottles and curbside pick-up. 640 Main Street. (513) 381-3752

CRZY Monk ­– Carry-out and delivery. 627 Main Street. (513) 721-6665

Graeter’s – Carry-out. 511 Walnut Street. (513) 381-4191

Haru Korean Restaurant – Offering free delivery to anywhere downtown ($20 minimum), as well as carry-out and delivery outside of downtown via DoorDash. 628 Vine Street. (513) 381-0947

Lalo – Carry-out and delivery. 709 Main Street. (513) 381-5256

Mazunte Centro – Carry-out and delivery. 611 Main Street. (513) 785-0000

NadaCarry-out. 600 Walnut Street. (513) 721-6232

On-the-Rhine Eatery (inside Kroger, second floor) - Carry-out and delivery. 100 E. Court Street. (513) 263-5900

Prime Cincinnati – Carry-out service and delivery. Offering a promotion for the “Jack Burger” for $10. 580 Walnut Street. (513) 579-0720

Rusconi Pizza - Carry-out. 126 W. 6th Street. (513) 721-2253

Sleepy Bee Cafe – Carry-out available from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 8 E. Fourth Street. (513) 381-2339

Sotto – Carry-out. Offering 50% off bottled beer & wines on all carryout orders. They will also have two items on the menu from neighboring restaurant, Boca: Scallop and brussels sprouts, and the Boca Burger. 118 E. Sixth Street. (513) 977-6886

Street City PubCarry-out and delivery. Specials include a $5 Burger all day every day and all weekly specials are now available for carryout, like Taco Tuesday, Half-Salad Wednesday, Steak Thursday, and Fish Fry Friday. 580 Walnut Street. (513) 873-7529

The Silver Ladle – Carry-out and delivery. 580 Walnut St. (513) 834-7650


The OTR Chamber has a comprehensive list of bars and restaurants offering carryout and/or delivery, as well as a listing of retailers offering online sales and free delivery options.

Findlay Market 
For meats, spices, produce, bread and more, you can have all of these items safely delivered to your house or ready for a quick pick up at the market through the Findlay Market Shopping App.This service is offered Tuesday through Friday, and the app is available for download on the App Store or you can get it on Google Play.

Vendors at Findlay Kitchen have been working hard to meet the needs of the community, putting together special menus and meal ideas, with offerings from Babushka PierogiesTablespoon Cooking Co.Makers Bakers Co.The Passion PlateHeirloom Chef & Bailey Family Catering, LLC. Menus include pierogies, lasagna, pies, cheesecake, baked ziti, curry chicken burgers, flank steak, cookies and more - visit to view the offerings and ordering information.

Blue Oven Bakery will also be open 6 days a week at the market. 

Local Business Resources: 

We understand that this is a very difficult time for every small business.  There continues to be great uncertainty as the COVID-19 situation evolves on a daily basis.  The rapidly changing situation makes developing concrete action plans difficult. The length and severity of impact cannot be determined at this time, nor the full extent of resources that will be available both publicly and privately to support small businesses.  However, there is some information available on support programs already in place via the State of Ohio. We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information.


Expanded Unemployment Insurance

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services – Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Bartender Assistance–


Support for Small Businesses & Non-Profit Organizations

The Duke Energy Foundation, along with partners Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Northern Kentucky Chamber, have created a small business relief grant program. Both chamber organizations will receive $75,000 each from Duke Energy to assist small businesses, with a focus on women-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses. Grants will be given up to $10,000 for a Duke Energy small business customer, available to both members and non-members of each chamber. For information on how to apply for funds through the Northern Kentucky Chamber, click here. For the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber program, click here.

Small businesses in Ohio are eligible for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency. For more information, click here.

Non-profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at

COVID-19 Resource Hub - The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber provides a comprehensive list of resources for businesses, updated regularly with the latest developments. 

COVID-19 Business Resource Guide - The Hamilton County Development Corporation (HCDC) has created a local resource guide for businesses on assistance programs from federal and state agencies, and other available programs to help local businesses.

Cincinnati Business Courier Small Business Resource Guide - Provides local, state and federal assistance for survival and recovery in Greater Cincinnati.

Ohio Department of Health - This website provides the latest information, including statistics and new health orders and guidelines for the State of Ohio. 

Coronovirus Testing

Kroger Health has opened a drive-thru and walk-up testing site at Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Road in Avondale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Those needing a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to see if they are eligible. Those who are eligible for testing are based on CDC, state and local government recommendations. Those eligible will then an appointment time and receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork. When the patient arrives for a test, they should have a photo ID ready and leave their windows rolled up for check-in. Test results are expected within 48 hours. To register for an appointment, click here. 

Kroger Health has also launched rapid COVID-19 antibody testing across its pharmacies. The tests are taken by a finger-prick blood sample and results are typically available within 15 minutes. The fee for this test is $25.


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