A son hugs his mom as a concessions employee arms over napkins and soda contained in the AMC movie show on the Westfield Century Metropolis shopping center in Los Angeles, California, on Monday, March 15, 2021.
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The Small Enterprise Administration introduced Friday that it’s going to reopen an software portal on Saturday for struggling occasion venues, film theaters and different efficiency teams to use for Covid reduction grants.
The portal will start taking functions on a first-come-first-serve foundation Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
The federal company quickly suspended this system, referred to as the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, attributable to technical glitches throughout its launch on April 8. The botched rollout angered these within the trade who’re desperately ready for some help.
Greater than $16.2 billion has been allotted to assist maintain leisure venues, museums and performing arts organizations in enterprise till in-person occasions can resume safely.
“We acknowledge the urgency and have to get this program up and operating,” stated Barb Carson, deputy affiliate administrator of SBA’s Workplace of Catastrophe Help, in a press launch.
To make sure a extra seamless software course of, the SBA stated it improved safety mechanisms within the software portal and added a ready room function to fight the big inflow of candidates.
“With venue operators at risk of closing, day-after-day that passes by is a day that these companies can not afford,” stated Carson. “We stay devoted to delivering emergency help as shortly as doable and can start reviewing the functions on Saturday as they’re submitted.”