Because the Centers for Disease Control is recommending social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, several attractions and businesses in the Smokies have now closed their doors. Some restaurants are operating at a limited capacity, but doing their part to help those who have been affected by the pandemic.

Puckett’s parent company, A. Marshall Hospitality, has launched a gift card sale and staff relief fund to help its team of more than 800, most of whom have been laid off this week.

A. Marshall Hospitality has announced that it will donate 20 percent of proceeds from a gift card sale to a staff relief fund for its employees who have been temporarily laid off due to present circumstances and COVID-19 precautions.

Restaurant group CEO Andy Marshall has set a goal to sell $500,000 in gift cards in order to contribute $100,000 to assist employees during these challenging times.

“The core value of our company has always been to maintain a family-like, service-minded atmosphere, within our internal team and with every guest who walks through our door,” Marshall said. “During these trying times, we want our team to know that we are all in this together, and we hope the community will join us in supporting local business and our beloved hospitality industry as a whole. Many people have asked me, ‘How can we help?’ My answer is simple, ‘Order some food, and buy a gift card!’”

Gift cards are available via Instagift or in-store. A. Marshall Hospitality has also created accounts on Venmo (@AMarshall-Hospitality-StaffFund) and Paypal, through which people can donate directly to the fund for temporarily laid off employees.

Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge is temporarily closed, but Puckett’s Franklin will be open for curbside takeout and delivery via Uber Eats 7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Puckett’s Columbia will be open for curbside takeout and delivery via Postmates Wed.-Sun. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Protect yourself and those around you by following the CDC guidelines. Visit the CDC website and the Tennessee Department of Health website for the latest information about the coronavirus.

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