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Coosh's 19th Annual Crawfish Bawl continues on despite Covid-19 concerns

Posted at 11:43 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 06:05:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — While social distancing is the big thing right now, for hundreds in Tallahassee that was far from the case, Saturday afternoon. Hundreds came together for Coosh's 19th Annual Crawfish Bawl.

"We were excited to see that Coosh actually made the stand to come out here and say, 'Hey we're not scared of what's going on, we're here, everything else is canceled, we're doing this and come out and support local'," explained Melissa Sheppard, a patron of Coosh's.

The boil went as planned Saturday, despite concerns over the Coronavirus. "It was something that we felt we needed to do," said Coosh Willis, the owner of Coosh's. "And, we were trying to be very careful with it. I think everybody enjoyed it and I think it turned out well."

Willis says he talked to his staff about keeping everything as safe as possible. "I talked to different people with the city and county and stuff like that, just to find out what was really going on with it. I talked to my employees and told them we're going to go with this, but we have to be the ones that are being cautious. We are the ones who have to stock constantly and clean up and wipe and do all of that stuff."

Coosh's crew showed Tallahassee that they can still have a good time despite so much uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus. "I think that the whole country needs fun things to do right now," said Willis. "Everything is getting shut down, everybody is panicking, and it's just good to be able to put a smile on people's face."

Sheppard added, "I'm just doing my best to protect myself, I'll go wash my hands. I think it's really important for us to not get caught up in what's going on in the United States or the world today, and to show that we're still here and that we're fine with this and we're going to keep moving forward."