The Bluegrass Hospitality Association is providing the below Resource Links to assist our members and those in the hospitality and tourism industry in navigating these uncharted waters as we respond to the fallout of COVID 19.

Every effort is being made to update these resources and keep them current and relevant.  That said, please do your due diligence and confirm each resource if utilizing them or sharing with your employees.

If you have additional resources that you think others would benefit from, please email them direct to

Relief Resources for Business & Employees:

Below is a link to the site through which eligible restaurants and bars that meet specified guidelines can apply for relief through the program recently announced by Governor Beshear. The site opens on November 30 for applications. Please review the guidelines carefully to determine your eligibility. The first link below is to the program’s website and the second is an FAQ.

CVBs should circulate this to your local partners to whom it might apply. We will continue to monitor and pass along additional information as it becomes available.


Lexington Mayor’s Office
This page relays information from organizations across the community. Includes real-time updates and list of resources in various categories.

Small Business Administration Disaster Relief

Unemployment Information

Visit LEX Resource Page includes Economic Assistance, Public Health, Community & Industry Resources.

KTIA – Kentucky Travel Industry Association Resources

Resilience in the Face of Crisis

CARES Act Detail


Employee Assistance

Basic Needs
Great list of resources for emergency assistance.

Job Board
Commerce Lex has set up a job board

Filing for Unemployment

The Lee Initiative- Restaurant Workers Relief Program
Providing food and essentials to restaurant workers who are in need. Currently operating in Louisville and Cincinnati.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

FREE Training for Hotel Employees


Service Industry Support

SICK- Service Industry Connector of Kentucky
Group supporting service industry workers. They have on-going lists of restaurants providing carry-out and the opportunity to collect donations for bartenders and servers.


Want to help?

Mutual Aid Lexington
Online platform to connect people requesting help with those able to provide it.

Bluegrass Community Foundation
A Coronavirus Response Fund has been created to deploy resources to community-based organizations.



Relative Press Releases and Communications Affecting Tourism/Hospitality:

Keeneland Cancels 2020 Spring Meet

Public Facing Business ALERT

Kentucky Covid-19

US Chamber – Corona Virus

Ky Chamber Coronavirus

Job Seekers Unemployment Resource

Group supporting local business