State reopens Iowa Small Business Relief Program to assist bars and taverns forced to close in 6 counties

Gov. Kim Reynolds held a briefing on Wednesday morning on the state's coronavirus situation.
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 11:36 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Gov. Reynolds, during her Wednesday press conference, announced the state is reopening its Iowa Small Business Relief Program for bars and taverns that were ordered to close under last week’s proclamation.

The business that were required to close are in Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk and Story counties. These are the counties with the most virus activity according to state data.

Reynolds said the bars and taverns affected may be eligible for a one-time $10,000 grant to assist with short term cash flow.

“One of our goals since day one of this pandemic has been to provide appropriate and timely economic relief to the businesses most impacted by COVID-19,” Reynolds said, in a statement. “A business that is forced to close, even temporarily, means a business owner, workers and families are affected. This short-term program can help bridge the gap for those local businesses as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

More information, including how to apply, can be found at the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s website.

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