Corinth tourism hit hard by the coronavirus

CORINTH, Miss (WTVA) – Many tourist attractions in Corinth have been forced to close since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Christy Burns, the executive director of Visit Corinth, described the last few weeks, “The last six weeks have felt like six years in the tourism industry from what we have all suffered.”

Museums, parks, restaurants and shops have all been affected by the loss of business and revenue because they have been forced to partially or completely close. 

Typically, the tourism industry in Corinth brings in $70 million a year. Burns says no numbers have come out for this year, but she is afraid it will be devastating when it does. 

Burns says many folks are eating and shopping locally to support the city’s businesses, and many small businesses have even applied for small business loans.

With the new “Safer at Home” order from Gov. Tate Reeves, some shops and parks have reopened; they still have to follow social distancing rules while open.