Malagari drafts legislation to help small businesses in entertainment, hospitality fields

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, will introduce legislation that would help small businesses in the hospitality and entertainment industries recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Malagari’s bill would establish a grant program exclusively for these types of businesses. Eligible entities would include independent movie theaters, performing arts venues, restaurants, bars, taverns, catering companies and lodging accommodations.

“The hospitality and entertainment industries were among the hardest hit throughout all the stages of COVID-19 mitigation measures. Many of these venues throughout the commonwealth remain completely closed down out of an abundance of caution,” Malagari said. “Once we can safely gather again, these are the places that many of us will look forward to visiting most. These local businesses need our support now more than even and I want to help make sure they can survive this crisis.”

Malagari noted that previous recipients of more than $100,000 in COVID relief would be ineligible for this program so that the new funding could assist those most in need.

Questions may be directed to Malagari’s office by calling 267-768-3671.