Businesses in British Columbia who were ordered to close their doors due to recent public-health measures can now apply for the province’s COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant.

On December 22nd, bars, nightclubs and lounges that do not serve full meals, gyms, fitness and adult dance centres and event venues were ordered to fully close, a closure that affected more than 3,000 businesses across the province.

Now, applications for the grant to help support these businesses have been made available.

The one-time grant means eligible businesses could receive between $1,000 and $10,000, depending on the number of employees to help with expenses such as rent, employee wages, insurance, maintenance and utilities.

See more: BC businesses ordered to temporarily close under new COVID-19 restrictions could get up to $10K

“This is not the way any of us wanted to start the new year with more strain on our businesses, families and communities,” Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation said in a press release Wednesday. 

“Our government will be there to help hard-hit businesses that have had to shut down and get them some necessary support to help pay their bills. We can get through this together as quickly as possible by going back to the basics – bringing back our COVID-19 safety plans for all businesses, recommitting to our daily health checks and continuing to follow all public-health measures.”

For more information on the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant, eligibility and how to apply you can visit the province’s Business Relief website.

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