Customer Leaves $1,000 Tip At Kentucky Chinese Restaurant Ahead of Coronavirus Dine-In Ban

A customer left a $1,000 tip for workers at a Chinese restaurant in Kentucky in a bid to help them ahead of a ban on dine-in customers due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Oriental Wok restaurant in Fort Mitchell revealed a generous customer had left a $1,000 tip on a meal costing $64.74.

"Your family and staff has always taken such great care of us through the years, we know it's going to be a tough few months," the unnamed customer wrote on the check, according to the post.

"Another example of the generosity of our incredible guests," the restaurant added. Oriental Wok has been contacted for additional comment.

The post quickly amassed hundreds of likes, as well as comments from people who said they loved dining at the restaurant.

“Your family and staff has always taken such great care of us through the years, we know it’s going to be a tough few months.” Another example of the generosity of our incredible guests.

Posted by Oriental Wok Restaurant on Monday, March 16, 2020

"Wow! You all have been such a great asset to our community for a long time. Most of us can say we've celebrated many happy occasions with you," wrote Jenny Tallarigo.

"I have been going to Oriental Wok since I was 10 years old. My mom and I would go every other Friday night as a kid. It has always been my favorite restaurant.," Sheila Meyer added.

"Still my favorite and the staff and owners are always so friendly. My husband and I go there all the time."

Kathy Barker added: "Great job! Time to help out the service industry!"

The Oriental Wok will join all restaurants and bars in the state that will be restricted to serving only carry-out, delivery and drive-thru customers only from 5 p.m. ET on Monday. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order for the new measures after announcing the state's first death from COVID-19 on Monday.

But reports have indicated that Chinese restaurants have been suffering a decline in business long before states across the U.S. imposed measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Chinese restaurants across the U.S. have been hit hard since the start of the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, which New York City council member Margaret Chin told TODAY was due to "racist fear-mongering."

There are more than 4,600 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and the death toll climbed to 85 on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Seventeen people have recovered.

In Kentucky, there were 22 positive cases as of Monday afternoon, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Globally, the new coronavirus has sickened more than 182,000 people and killed more than 7,100. Almost 80,000 people have recovered.

A lone customer dines at a restaurant March 16, 2020 in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

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