Avon Lake’s Community Improvement Corporation is organizing a financial support program for independently owned restaurants and bars throughout the city closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five-member CIC made the announcement Sunday, the same day restaurants and bars were ordered closed (except for take-out) by Gov. Mike DeWine due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“It is unfortunate how COVID-19 is crippling the world,” said CIC president Janice Lapina. “It’s important to take action and help each other out. Therefore, Avon Lake CIC has committed to assist our independent restaurant and bar owners during this time of uncertainty.”

The Avon Lake CIC, established in 2013, provides funding and advisory services to the citizens and businesses of Avon Lake to advance and promote economic growth.

“This move from our CIC is extraordinary,” said Avon Lake Economic Development Director Ted Esborn.

“Seeing the frightening situation that these small businesses are in, Avon Lake’s CIC is shifting its full focus to this crisis, and at a time when those business owners can still take some hope in this news,” Esborn said.

“During these very difficult and challenging times, we realize that our local restaurants and bars may suffer on various levels and we want to be there to support them,” said CIC member Joe Carson. “We have funds available to provide grants to the owners to help offset loss in revenue. We need to come together as a community to help each other out.”

Independent restaurants and bars seeking information about assistance, can email: AvonLakeCIC@gmail.com.

Contact this reporter at msakal@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797

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