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Relief on the Way to Owensboro Restaurants Experiencing COVID-19 Downturn

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The city of Owensboro is giving an economic boost to local restaurants and bars impacted by COVID-19.

As long as they’re in good standing with the city and don’t owe delinquent taxes, the establishments are eligible for the Restaurant/Bar Supplemental Payroll Program.  City Manager Nate Pagan says the service industry has borne the brunt of restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the virus.

“The Owensboro City Commission wanted to do a program specifically for restaurant workers, those that have had shifts cut and had a sizable negative impact on their income this year," Pagan said.

The establishments will share a total of $750,000.  The amount of assistance to bars and restaurants will be based on the establishment's number of employees.  Similar to the federal Paycheck Protection Program, 90 percent of the funds would go to the workers while the business could keep ten percent for administrative costs. 

Business can apply at  The deadline for applications is Jan. 15.


Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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