Through the state’s COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, $145 million will be available to hospitality businesses across the commonwealth.
Jefferson County is set to receive $491,847.
“All of the businesses are excited, I know the hospitality industry was left out to date from all the other CARES money and we have received several phone calls, emails,” said Jeff Pisarcik, Jefferson County Commissioner.
Jeff Pisarcik said businesses have to prove a loss of revenue for last year.
“We estimate that we have approximately 97 businesses in the hospitality organization in the county some may or may not qualify,” he said.
Local business owners I spoke with said this comes at a right time given the effects of COVID-19.
“It’s been very difficult. In a small rural area, a small town you depend on the locals. We’ve done some take out some of the people especially the older people are a little bit afraid to still come out,” said Darren Morelli, Manager/Partial Owner Morelli’s Family Restaurant.
Since the pandemic, they received a PPP loan but Darren Morelli would be grateful for more assistance.
“We’re looking forward to that any way we can get help with small businesses at this time hopefully kick start us into the spring,” he said.
Pisarcik said they hope to have the application on the county’s website by early next week.