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Dierks Bentley Is Giving His Staff $1,000 Each After Shutting Down His Nashville Bar Due To Coronavirus

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Bars and restaurants across the country are shutting down temporarily during the coronavirus pandemic. Among those is Whiskey Row in downtown Nashville, which is owned by country star Dierks Bentley. On Monday, he announced the closing of the restaurant, but said he's going to do something to help his hourly employees.


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"Just gave last call at [Whiskey Row Nashville] as we close the doors for a while," Bentley said on Instagram. "My heart goes out to all the guys/girls on Lower Broad. Feels like yesterday it was me down there working for tips. I am going to immediately give all of our 90 hourly employees $1000 to help in the short run as our community and country try to get a handle on the situation."

"[Riot Hospitality Group] and I encourage all bar owners on Lower Broadway to take care of their bartenders, bar backs, waitresses, security, dishwashers etc. the best they can. Lower Broadway is the heartbeat of Nashville. Let's make sure we help the folks that make the music happen," he added.

"American Idol" judge Luke Bryan also announced he's shutting down his Nashville bar.

"Just letting you guys know that due to the COVID-19 and coronavirus situation, we're going to be closing Luke's 32 Bridge, to keep all of our patrons and all of our staff, and just to comply with what the city of Nashville wants for us, to keep everybody safe," Bryan said. "We're gonna be closed, and we'll let you know when we're going to reopen, when we're told to reopen."

In addition to avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and social distancing, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


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