With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the nation and state, Gov. Mike DeWine has taken a number of steps geared toward slowing the virus’s spread, including ordering a number of “non-essential” businesses to close or at least limit services. Businesses affected by this order include salons/barber shops, nail salons, bars and restaurants.

In an attempt to gauge the impact of these closures and adjustments on the local front, The Telegram has been reaching out to local business owners not only to get their comments, but also to highlight what services, if any, are currently available to the public.

At Lee’s Steakhouse in Wellston, owner Lucinda Kessler said she presently has only two employees not counting herself. Overall, she said business has been slow as she and other restaurant owners are now only able to offer food via takeout and/or delivery.

“We’re just trying to maintain and it’s a little scary because it’s been so slow,” Kessler stated.

Despite the impact this order from Gov. DeWine has had on her business, Kessler understands its intention and necessity.

“If it’s for our own good and safety, I think that’s what we need to do,” she said. “I’m going to maintain as long as I can, but if it stays as slow as it is, I’m not sure how long that would be. Right now, I’m trying to keep employees working and trying to offer a service to the community because I know there are a lot of people that depend on it.”

Lee’s Steakhouse does not offer delivery but is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kessler said customers can call ahead or stop inside to place a takeout order. She also said Lee’s employees can bring orders out to a customer’s car if they do not wish to go inside the restaurant. For more information or to place an order, call 740-384-3104.

Arch and Eddie’s and Sixth Sense Brewery are likewise offering carryout services for food as well as beer and wine. Co-owner Jennifer Ratcliff said the staff is sanitizing door handles and bathroom and kitchen areas every half hour. She said the serving staff for both businesses has been cut quite a bit as a result of the mandated changes, with two employees covering a day and night shift to assist her and husband Jamey Ratcliff.

Though regular menu items for Arch and Eddie’s are still available currently, Ratcliff said the business has been offering affordable daily specials, noting a day earlier in the week that featured chicken noodles and mashed potatoes for $6.

“That way, people can eat with us every day if they want,” Ratcliff said. “But, we also encourage people to go around and utilize other businesses as well, if possible. Keep local businesses in mind.”

Ratcliff drew attention to the irony in the fact that Arch and Eddie’s is a gathering house, a representation of something that simply cannot happen under current circumstances. However, she likewise acknowledged the importance of avoiding social gatherings at this time.

“We need to keep our staff safe from folks and folks need to stay safe from us,” Ratcliff said. “Large social gatherings are not where we should be at this juncture. I would say business is certainly down, but people have been super supportive. Business is certainly never going to be as good as when you have your tables open and people can congregate, but if separating people is what it takes, that’s fine. If everybody is just empathetic, kind and patient with one another, which is exactly what our small, tight-knit community should be and is, we’ll all get through this together.”

Currently, Arch and Eddie’s is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is closed Sunday. For more information, call 740-577-3048, visit archandeddies.com or check them out on Facebook.

At the Corner Pub in downtown Jackson, owner Pete Bopp said business is good despite the restrictions.

“Unfortunately, because of what has happened in the country, our business has been fantastic,” Bopp said. “I say unfortunately simply because of what has caused the business to be good. I would much rather business be slower than to have the problem the country has.”

The Corner Pub is currently able to provide carryout food and beer and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed Sunday. Bopp also said the business is providing delivery services as well.

Though the order has forced a number of adjustments to his business, Bopp said he understands the necessity.

“I believe it’s necessary,” he said. “I just hope it doesn’t go any further to the point where the whole state is put in quarantine and everyone is shut down. I just wish we could get over this problem and go back to being the country, county and city we’re all known to be.”

The Corner Pub can be reached at 740-286-4491 and more information can be found on the business’s Facebook page.