The Covid-19 pandemic shutdown has been difficult and challenging for everyone. Suddenly, without much warning, each of us were required to make radical and unexpected changes to our life and lifestyle. Your government officials and city leaders were not exempt.  By your social distancing and quarantining, as requested by state health agencies, you have helped to save thousands of lives across our great state and in our hometown community.

While most folks were staying home – staying safe, as recommended, the City of St. Matthews leaders continued to work safely to ensure that your city services went uninterrupted, maintaining the high standard you, as our citizen, and visitors, expect and deserve.

Like a closed flower, our community is beginning, and will continue, to open in the light of the new normal.  State Government and health officials are working diligently in developing plans to balance the need to protect the public, in this ongoing pandemic of Covid-19, while supporting the economic health of all citizens. As this gentle unfolding occurs, various aspects of community life have begun to bloom again, such as the reopening of supportive medical services, retail, restaurants, fitness centers, youth sports, and the welcomed accessibility to visit barber shops and hair salons.

Over these recent months, many businesses and organizations in St. Matthews have experienced a negative economic impact. Many businesses, not in the category of essential services, were temporarily closed in an effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and reluctantly forced to lay off employees.  These companies, like our city residents, have made a financial investment in our community. Gratefully some businesses found creative ways to continue providing services to you during these past and trying months. Now, as businesses begin to reopen, following the Commonwealth of Kentucky guidelines, let us together extend a welcome back, as a way of expressing our thanks, for their efforts and ongoing commitment to our community, by rallying our support for them. Please look for opportunities to utilize our local service providers and merchants whenever possible. In doing so, we help each other, as well as our great city.

Know that your City of St. Matthews leaders look forward to seeing everyone enjoying safely the many features of our wonderful city, and welcome back our friends and visitors. As we each step out into our community, during this time of wait for a Covid-19 vaccine, let us all take steps together to keep each other safe while being a good neighbor. As city leaders we encourage and thank you for wearing your face mask while out in public. It shows your concern for the safety of others.  Wearing a mask is not easy and can be uncomfortable, but it is a lifesaving effort and shows your compassion for those who may have underlying health issues; those who are most vulnerable.

What has transpired in our world and community over these past months has been shocking and eye-opening, but as Governor Beshear continually assures us, ‘We will get through this,… We will get through this together.” Each day is a gift, as it is called the present, and it is our belief that the future looks bright and promising, as we all, in our hearts, are citizens of our very special community we call home, …. St. Matthews.

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