Vermont performance venues closed by COVID to get $18.7M
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Performance venues across Vermont that were closed by the COVID-19 pandemic will get up to $18.7 million in federal funding to help them survive, the state’s congressional delegation said.
The money for the 59 locations comes from the Small Business Administration Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, which is available to live music venues, movie theaters and performing arts organizations affected by the pandemic.
The three members of Vermont’s congressional delegation says that what began as the ‘Save Our Stages’ movement over a year ago, has now materialized into meaningful relief for the affected venues.
“Our independent live music and entertainment venues not only bring joy and energy to our downtowns and communities, they are economic engines that help make Vermont such a special place to live and visit,” said the statement by Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The program provides support to businesses in the music and entertainment sector that were forced to shut their doors due to pandemic restrictions. The grants have served as a lifeline for the venues, the statement said.
The Vermont Department of Health reported 51 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to nearly 25,130.
There were 10 people hospitalized, including three in intensive care.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 remained at 260.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 13.29 new cases per day on July 19 to 45.29 new cases per day on Aug. 2.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.