Governor Wolf highlights COVID-19 funds for bars and restaurants in Lancaster County


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Governor Tom Wolf took a visit to a Lancaster local restaurant on Monday to highlight the COVID-19 recovery funds going to bars and restaurants in that area, as part of the COVID-18 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).

The Governor was joined by local business and government leaders at the Silantra Asian Street Kitchen on East King Street as he puts the spotlight on funding that will help over 300 local businesses.

Lancaster County received $6,045,000 in CHIRP funding from the state, which includes 316 businesses receiving grants from the funding.

“Pennsylvania has made significant progress rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, but our hospitality industry still needs support,” Gov. Wolf said. “I applaud our small business owners for their courage, tenacity, and creativity during the past year and a half, and my administration stands firm in our commitment to continuing to support them as they move forward in recovery.” 

The program also allocated $145 million in funding assistance to businesses like bars and restaurants in all 67 counties that were negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Governor Wolf had said the program has allowed many small businesses to get back on their feet and has helped them be able to retain and create jobs.

“This program provided critical support to local small businesses this spring,” Lisa Riggs, president of Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, said. “Being able to deploy these resources at a local level, given our knowledge of our small business landscape here in Lancaster, helped get these funds out the door and to businesses in need efficiently.”

Earlier in the year, initial CHIRP funding was used to award all of York County’s 22 eligible applicants with 75% of what they requested for in their applications.

For more information on CHIRP funding, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development’s website by clicking here.

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