- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 27, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some Maryland restaurants and food-service businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in aid, officials announced Tuesday.

The relief program was announced Tuesday by Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, The Capital Gazette reported. The grants will be funded with a $5 million allocation of the federal CARES Act money, the latest in a number of new programs designed to support vulnerable county residents.

The program also relies on an anticipated statewide program that would provide additional funding to local jurisdictions to support direct aid to restaurants, announced by Gov. Larry Hogan last week. Anne Arundel County expects to receive approximately $5 million from the state initiative.

Once it’s received, the money will supplement the county grant program, bringing total funding for the Restaurant and Food Service Grant Program to $10 million.

Pittman said the relief for restaurants comes as cooler weather will make it more difficult for restaurants who have coped with limits on indoor gatherings by setting up outdoor seating spaces.

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