On Sunday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Metro Nashville Health Department requested that all of Nashville’s bars shut their doors in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. While it’s the right thing to do to combat the sometimes deadly virus, the move is leaving hundreds of workers without a job for the foreseeable future.
Dierks Bentley is stepping up to help employees affected by the change at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row by giving each of them $1,000 to assist while they are out of work.
“My heart goes out to all the guys/girls down on Lower Broad,” he wrote on Instaram after giving last call at Whiskey Row on Monday (March 16). “Feels like yesterday that it was me down there working for tips. I am going to immediately give each of our 90 hourly employees $1,000 to help in the short run as our community and country try to get a handle on the situation. ”
The superstar closed his social media message by challenging other bar owners to do the same.
“Riot Hospitality Group and I encourage all bar owners on Lower Broadway to take care of their bartenders, barbacks, waitresses, security, dishwashers, etc. the best they can,” he urged. “Lower Broadway is the heartbeat of Nashville. Let’s make sure we help the folks who make that music happen.”
Like many artists, Bentley’s tour schedule has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. It was just announced that his upcoming tour with Hot Country Knights has been postponed indefinitely.