CHICAGO (CBS) — With greater than half the state both presently beneath a ban on indoor eating and bar service, or going through these added COVID-19 restrictions by the weekend, Gov. JB Pritzker stated a program to assist small companies in the course of the pandemic is now working extra shortly to get cash out.
Illinois has already given out a complete of $46 million in reduction funds to greater than 1,200 small companies – together with $19.5 million for eating places and bars – thus far in the course of the second spherical of the state’s Business Interruption Grants program, funded by the federal coronavirus stimulus bundle permitted by Congress within the spring.
“Most of these grants that come to small companies, they arrive within the measurement of five-, ten-, twenty-thousand [dollars], however we hope these grants are in a position to preserve these companies going and rising,” Pritzker stated Thursday morning.
Pritzker has stated eating places and bars which have been compelled to halt indoor service shall be given precedence for the obtainable monetary support in the course of the $220 million second spherical of the Enterprise Interruption Grants program.
In the course of the first spherical of this system earlier this yr, the state supplied greater than $49 million to 2,800 small companies.
The governor additionally stated the obtainable grants will not be sufficient to assist the state’s struggling enterprise neighborhood. He has referred to as on Congress and President Donald Trump to approve one other coronavirus stimulus plan that gives direct support to eating places, bars, and different small companies which have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
Because of a second surge of the virus, 8 of the state’s 11 areas are both presently beneath enhanced mitigations, or shall be by Saturday, together with: Chicago, suburban Prepare dinner County, Will and Kankakee counties, Lake and McHenry counties, DuPage and Kane counties, southern Illinois, northwestern Illinois, and the Metro East space close to St. Louis.
The restrictions embody a ban on indoor service at bars and eating places; decrease limits on gathering sizes; shutting down social gathering buses; and requiring bars, eating places, and casinos to shut at 11 p.m.
On Wednesday, Pritzker warned that Area 3 in west-central Illinois may see added restrictions as quickly as Sunday, and Area 6 in east-central Illinois may very well be beneath additional mitigations by Monday.
The governor acknowledged many small companies received’t be capable to survive the pandemic with out monetary assist, and he stated Congress and President Donald Trump have to step up with one other stimulus plan.
“I do know this virus may be very exhausting on everybody. The injury COVID-19 is doing to individuals’s lives and livelihoods, and for many individuals the struggle has gotten more durable because the months have handed,” Pritzker stated Wednesday. “Regardless of what the inventory market appears to be like like the true financial system for actual individuals has been brutalized by this virus, and the Republican-controlled United States Senate has refused time and time once more to offer employees and people unable to work, and native governments and small companies the sort of assist that they want.”
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