Gov. Evers announces $45 million in aid to Wisconsin restaurants

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MADISON, Wis. — The state of Wisconsin is handing out $45 million in relief to restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will come from a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation program, known as “We’re All In For Restaurants,” and it brings the total amount of state assistance for businesses this year to more than $220 million, according to a press release from Gov. Ever’s office.

Unlike previous assistance, restaurants won’t have to apply to receive the grant. The Department of Revenue will instead identify and contact them directly based on their state tax records, according to the press release.

The news comes after a new survey from local commerce groups shows 80 percent of Dane County businesses are experiencing a decline in revenue, and a third of those lost more than half. Thirty percent of businesses in the county say they won’t make it to next summer.