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Nearly 56,000 Michiganders receiving state grants for COVID-19 income losses

The workers in entertainment, recreation and foodservice jobs are getting $793 apiece
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appears in a video looking back on the year since Michigan's first...
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appears in a video looking back on the year since Michigan's first COVID-19 cases were confirmed.(source: State of Michigan)
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 12:57 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - There’s a check in the mail for nearly 56,000 Michigan workers whose jobs were affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Thursday that the workers in entertainment, recreation and foodservice industries are receiving $793 grants through the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation. Funding comes from a $45 million spending bill passed in December.

The state allowed everyone in those industries whose employment was affected by COVID-19 to apply for the grants in January.

“This special grant program puts dollars in the pockets of Michiganders who work in hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors -- as well as the gym and fitness sectors,” Whitmer said. “These Michiganders have made great sacrifices and continue to make great sacrifices as we fight COVID-19.”

Workers at bars, restaurants, banquet halls, bowling alleys, cafeterias, casinos, caterers, food trucks, golf courses, hotels, motels, resorts, nightclubs, theaters and recreational facilities were invited to apply for the grants. Many of them lost income due to furloughs, layoffs, job cuts or reduced hours.

The foundation processed applications in January and February before notifying applicants whether they were accepted. The Michigan Treasury Department began mailing checks to nearly 56,000 workers on Wednesday.

“Michigan’s restaurant and hotel employees need help,” said Justin Winslow, President and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association. “We are honored to administer these much-needed grants. These dollars provide assistance for the hardship experienced during these extraordinary times.”

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