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Rep. Tonko urges local restaurants to register for new COVID relief fund.

The fund holds $28.6 billion and will provide restaurants and eligible businesses with money equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business, according to the Daily Gazette. The relief does not have to be repaid, provided that the funds are put toward eligible uses by March 11, 2023. “Our Capital Region’s independent restaurants are cornerstones of our communities, yet they are among the businesses hit hardest by this pandemic and most in need of financial help,” Tonko said. Eligible restaurants can enroll through the Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Award Portal.