A Cincinnati DJ is keeping the party going despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
DJ Prymtime typically spins tunes for corporate events, weddings and clubs. But this week he's in the comfort of his home delivering a mix of R&B, hip-hop, pop and dance music to his Instagram and Facebook live followers.
On a typical Friday night, he plays music for people at Rusconi's Pizza. But this afternoon he's running around town finding equipment that will deliver his spins without a technical glitch to a virtual audience.
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The governors of Ohio and Kentucky mandated that restaurants must move to carryout services only. President Donald Trump asked people to avoid gatherings that exceed 10 people. These announcements are a part of a national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Prymtime heard the news on Sunday as he was floating between various events he was working. Since then he's been scrambling ideas together on what he could do to subsidize his full-time business.
"Right now, with all the bars being shut down I'm completely out of work," he says.
Virtual get-togethers are one way people are using the internet to connect with friends during the social distancing period. Prymtime thought it could be a way for him to keep the good vibes and cash flowing.
"It actually changes everything for me and how I'm thinking of my business as a whole," he says. "Using the internet to actually play sets for people during the week even when this is over."
Federal, state and local officials are working to provide subsidies for small businesses and workers to help stimulate the economy.
Prymtime says although the money would be helpful it would only be a Band-Aid to his business.
His virtual party kicks off at 9 p.m. tonight. He says they'll continue until restrictions are lifted on social gatherings.