Relief is on the way for Philly restaurants, gyms shut down by COVID-19 prevention measures

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia has set up a support fund for gyms and restaurants to help them make it through the rest of the pandemic.

Karen Fegeley, the city’s deputy commerce director, said they created the $12 million fund for these businesses because they’ve been inordinately impacted by COVID-19 prevention measures.

“Their indoor operations were directly shut down. Also, they’re having to make investments in order to reopen safely — outdoor dining equipment or air filtration systems — so we wanted to help toward that,” she explained.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be available. An application goes online next week.

Fegley said it won’t be first come, first served.

“We want to make sure the program is fair and reaches the folks that sometimes are hard to reach and make need a little more time to get their information together or get assistance with language access, so we’re going to wait until we get all the applications in and then we’re going to review them all together,” she said.

Priority will be given to businesses in high poverty areas, with women- or minority-ownership, or those that suffered damage in the summer’s civil unrest.

Applications open next Thursday and will be accepted through Feb. 9. For application assistance, click here.