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Miami-Dade Passes $35 Million Grant Program to Help Struggling Restaurants
The Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously passed a resolution establishing a grant program for hospitality-industry relief with $35 million in CARES Act funds.
With COVID-19 cases surging in Miami and national news outlets comparing our city to Wuhan at the beginning of the pandemic, businesses are suffering.
The hospitality industry has been especially hard hit. Restaurants are subject to increasingly tougher operating rules as the virus continues to spread, bars remain closed, restaurants are limited to outdoor seating for on-premises dining, and a countywide 10 p.m. curfew remains in effect.
To help alleviate some of the mounting financial pressure on Miami's restaurant owners and workers, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed a resolution yesterday that establishes a $35 million business-grant program earmarked for hospitality-industry relief, as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The money comes from the $474 million Miami-Dade received from the federal government as part of the CARES Act. All funds must be used by December 30, 2020.