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As we contend with the current public health crisis regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, it’s imperative that we take stock of what’s most important during this strange, difficult, and somewhat surreal chapter of human history: our friends, our families, our communities, and ensuring their health and safety as we weather this storm.
It’s not a leap to say that most if not all of us have been impacted in one way or another by this pandemic. Aside from the implementation of social distancing and self-isolation, many businesses and organizations have been negatively affected due to closures, whether they’re schools, restaurants, bars, theaters, or libraries. Many of these groups are near and dear to the GLBT community, and now more than ever, we need to reach out and help those affected in any way we can.
As for Lavender, we are still here for our rainbow community, albeit with some changes for the time being. Our previously planned Dine OUT and Big Gay Brews issues—which were slated for release on April 9 and April 23, respectively—will be postponed to later dates in light of the current situation, and we will be providing different themed content for those dates in the meantime. Our new Midwest Spring And Summer Travel issue was in production when the COVID-19 situation intensified, but we’ll be focusing on stories revolving around locales easily reached via road trips once things start getting back to normal.
We’re also compiling a list of Twin Cities restaurants and bars that are offering take-out and delivery services during dine-in closures. The list will be featured on lavendermagazine.com. If your business is offering these services, email [email protected] and we will update the online list accordingly.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we tweak our planned content in light of these circumstances. In the meantime, for guidelines on how to keep yourself and others healthy and safe during this crisis, visit cdc.gov for more information. Stay strong, friends! We’ll all get through this together!