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By CHRISTEN SMITH
The Center Square 

Pa. State Senate OKs Bill Authorizing Pandemic Relief For Hospitality Industry

 

February 11, 2021

MetroCreative

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Pennsylvania restaurants on March 16 when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered restaurants in five counties to suspend in-door dining for an initial 14 days, and days later expanded the mandate to the rest of the state. Senate Bill 109 would amend the Fiscal Code to provide funding for the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. SB 109 now moves to the House for consideration.

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill Jan. 27 that aims to provide $145 million in state aid to bars and restaurants crushed under ongoing pandemic restrictions.

Senate Bill 109 would amend the Fiscal Code to provide funding for the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, as well as $569.8 million for rental and utility assistance and $197 million for education programs.

The hospitality program would offer grants worth between $5,000 and $50,000 to establishments that:

• have not already received loans from the state or federal government

• were subject to Gov. Tom Wolf's closure m...



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