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Gov. Evers announces $45 million in assistance for restaurants affected by pandemic

Posted at 11:03 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 12:03:19-05

Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that Wisconsin restaurants and other small businesses affected by the pandemic will receive $45 million in grants.

Eligible businesses will get $20,000 by the end of the year. No application is necessary, since eligible businesses will be identified through state tax records and contacted by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

“Restaurants and other venues have been among the businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Evers said in a statement. “They’ve made the tough decisions to keep employees and customers safe by restricting indoor seating, offering delivery and curbside pick-up, and providing outdoor tables. We greatly appreciate the changes they’ve made to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, but now with winter coming, we are glad to provide this support at a critical time.”

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos praised the funding, saying he was pleased to see money being directed toward restaurants that have been hard hit during the pandemic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.