‘Restaurants Act’ would create $120B fund

Some restaurants took a double whammy hit last year due to Zeta and the COVID pandemic.

Restaurants are among the most adversely-impacted industries overall, especially when it comes to COVID restrictions and guidelines.

A number of local restaurants are struggling just to stay afloat, but proposed legislation being considered by U.S. Congress could change all that.

Mississippi U.S. Senator Roger Wicker was among those part of a bipartisan effort to introduce legislation to help restaurants hit by COVID.

The Restaurants Act would create a $120 billion restaurant fund to help restaurants and bars that have been affected by the pandemic. Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Adele Lyons said, “Congress is working on the Restaurants Act, that Robert St. John from Hattiesburg, many people know him, he’s been trying to get this legislation pass. He’s working with Senator Wicker. There is some hope that could be coming from Congress. In the meantime, there are still some resources that we need to point out to businesses.”

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce is also holding a free webinar geared toward restaurants on February 19th from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. called ‘Show me the Money: Restaurant Resources Edition.’

This webinar will include information on grants about to become available, free legal help, and more. You can register at mscoastchamber.com.

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