The Minnesota legislature has approved a relief package that will send roughly $217M to small businesses impacted by Governor Walz restrictions on bars, restaurants, fitness centers, and entertainment facilities. The relief dollars will be distributed like this:
- $88 million that the state Department of Revenue will distribute to bars, restaurants, health clubs, bowling alleys and other shuttered business that had a 30 percent or higher reduction in revenues compared with last year. The grants would range from $10,000 to $45,000 per business based on the size of their operations.
- $14 million to movie theaters and convention centers to be distributed by the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Movie theaters would be eligible for up to $15,000 per screen, and event centers would get grants based on their capacity.
- The state would allocate nearly $115 million to counties to distribute to local businesses and nonprofits as county leaders see fit. Some of those businesses may not have met the threshold of a 30 percent drop in revenues.
- A set of fees that affect bars, restaurants, distilleries and breweries would be waived or refunded, including 1 a.m. liquor license and a wastewater fee levied by the Metropolitan Council.