Small Riverside Business, Workers Expect More COVID Relief After Biden’s $ 1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package Lifts Barrier

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) – As Congress debates another COVID-19 relief program, employees and business owners in Southern California are wondering which parts of the different plans meet their needs.

They also express concerns about which parts of the different plans will not help them at all.

At Sire Bar and Grill in Riverside, employee Amber Miller is excited about yet another round of dunning checks. But with the restaurant still limited to al fresco dining and potential customers still worried about the dangers associated with the pandemic, work hours are tight.

“I think the stimulus checks will help,” Miller said. “I don’t think it’s enough to cover all the months of lost work for everyone, but it’s better than nothing.”

Democrats are pushing for a rescue plan that would include $ 1,400 stimulus checks for workers. But single workers earning more than $ 87,000 a year would see no relief.

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Across the aisle, Republicans are pushing for a cheaper package that would include $ 1,000 stimulus checks, but those payments would be phased out even lower than the Democrat’s plan: single workers earning more of $ 50,000 per year would not be eligible for the stimulus checks.

“I mean I’m going to take a few rather than none,” said Lord Sire’s owner Michael Brewer, who said what he would really benefit from would be another round of loans from the Check Protection Program. pay.

“I have applied for loans like this, but they are moving slowly, and we don’t even have the assurance that once the process is complete, there will be funds to honor those loans.”

Brewer is also concerned that none of the relief programs are specifically targeting those most affected by the pandemic; Stimulus relief is believed to be based on adjusted gross income of workers in 2019, before COVID-19 was a problem.

“I’m just a little concerned that it’s spreading,” he said. “I prefer to apply more resources to the people most injured.”

While Brewer said the stimulus checks would undoubtedly benefit his workers, especially those he had to lay off, another issue that is not being addressed by this back-up plan is the impact on his businesses. which are still closed. The Brewer’s Bar in the Bay Area will not be able to reopen to the public until indoor dining is permitted.

“It’s right on the bay, and the weather is so bad this time of year. We can’t operate outside, it’s just too uncomfortable for the clients.”

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