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Blake Shelton Reveals That He'll Continue Paying His Employees During Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Clark Sparky

Blake Shelton owns a chain of bars called Ole Red that he's forced to close for business during the coronavirus outbreak. The country star announced on Instagram that he still intended to continue paying his employees until everyone can get back to work.

Shelton previously announced that he also had to suspend his tour due to the pandemic.

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"I haven't said anything about my Ole Red locations, the three that are open and then the one that's going to be open in Orlando," Shelton said in a video over the weekend. "Obviously, I felt like it kind of went without saying that all of the locations are closed down, but I wanted to officially say that obviously, until this thing gets behind us, we've closed down the Nashville, Tishomingo and Gatlinburg locations."

"I want people to know that we do have a commitment to all of our employees, and we're taking care of them, and we're trying to figure out ways to take care of some of the artists and musicians that perform at the Ole Reds," he said.

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"Until this thing gets behind us, we all have to do the right thing, so I'm out here in the middle of nowhere," Shelton continued. "Just do the right thing, stay away from everybody. For some of us, that's not hard, 'cause nobody likes us.

"I will be coming back to you all, and passing along any new information, as far as Ole Reds go, and when we may reopen. But for now, let's not think about that. Let's take our mandatory vacation and try to enjoy it. I'm thinking about y'all, and see you down the road."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, 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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