State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) meets with Chris Knight, owner of The Blind Pig, in Champaign on Aug. 26, 2020.

CHAMPAIGN - As part of a district-wide tour of local businesses, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) visited The Blind Pig in Champaign on Wednesday to tour the brewery and address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the business.

“Small businesses are feeling the financial pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Champaign staples like The Blind Pig are no exception,” Bennett said. “It’s clear that the staff at The Blind Pig are taking the restrictions seriously and making efforts to safeguard our community. If we want to help our local businesses during this difficult time, they need our patronage.”

During the tour, Bennett met with owner Chris Knight and heard about the brewery’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Knight is leaning on the community for support and encourages patrons to purchase gift cards and continue to drink “the beer of Champaign.” The Blind Pig is now open every day of the week and is working hard to safely serve customers under new guidelines.

“I appreciated hearing firsthand from a long-standing member of the Champaign business community so we can navigate this crisis together,” Bennett said. “We owe it to them to show our support and get them the help they need to keep their doors open.”

Bennett hopes to visit more local restaurants, retail shops and businesses that provide personal services, like spas and salons, in the coming weeks.

Interested businesses can schedule a tour by visiting All tours will be in compliance with the state’s public health guidelines and restrictions, including wearing a mask and social distancing.

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