U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer of New York is urging restaurant owners to apply for federal help as many continue to struggle from shut-downs and reduced capacity in the coronavirus pandemic.

Laura Stone

The Democrat appeared April 25 at a Manhattan seafood restaurant to urge owners and franchisees to apply for a $28.6 billion federal restaurant relief program.

The restaurant grant program is part of the federal COVID-19 package signed into law last month. It will let restaurant owners apply for funds to cover coronavirus-related losses.

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The maximum grant for an individual restaurant is $5 million.

Schumer says that the website for applying will be up within a few weeks.

Some restauranteurs say they hope the funds will not only help businesses survive this year but into next year as well during a slow recovery from the pandemic.

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