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Online tools available for Rhode Island restaurants, bars subject to early-closing order

PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Division of Taxation today unveiled a new webpage, online application form, and FAQs as part of a relief program announced by Governor Gina M. Raimondo for restaurants and bars that have been ordered to close earlier than usual because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Governor Raimondo developed the relief program to coincide with her Executive Order that mandates early shutdown for bars and restaurants part of a range of measures aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus and reducing the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Using federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, the Governor authorized the payment of grants to the impacted businesses. ` Each such grant will range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000. Details of the new program including an online application form, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information are available at: http://www.tax.ri.gov/RICares/.

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