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Vermont Chamber of Commerce asks for revitalization of restaurant funds

Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 11:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2022 at 6:10 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Restaurant owners say the registers haven’t been ringing as often, leaving them struggling during the omicron surge.

Now, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is calling on lawmakers to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

More than $28 billion was made available nationwide last year which is believed to have saved 3,000 Vermont jobs.

According to a survey, 89% of restaurants here have seen a decline in customers since the arrival of omicron. They say if new money was made available, it could save more than 4,000 jobs in the Green Mountains.

Amy Spear, the vice president of tourism for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, says economic recovery in the industry is paralyzed.

Some 54% of restaurants denied this grant the first time around say they’re not sure they’ll survive the pandemic.

Click here to see the full results of the impact survey.

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