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County plans to issue small business grants as it turns green

As Bucks County’s highly anticipated move to the green phase of Gov. Wolf’s reopening plan approaches, officials say, “We’re ready.”
During last week’s commissioner’s virtual press conference, Dr. David Damsker, the county’s health director, said, “most people are following guidelines … I’m confident we’re ready to go to green on June 26.”
With about 10 to 15 new cases of COVID-19 each day in the county, Damsker said, that should be expected to continue “going forward.”
Damsker stressed the ongoing need for face coverings, social distancing and handwashing. “We don’t want to go back to yellow. We want to avoid a large second wave. We’ll isolate outbreaks,“ he said, and bring in contact tracing, as needed.
As bars open, Damsker said, “people really need to try and be careful, as they share glasses and alcohol is introduced.”
Asked about liability concerns for businesses reopening, officials said, business owners may want to check with their insurance companies and carefully follow best practices and guidance surrounding the pandemic.
Bucks County’s guidelines for the green phase can be found at
In other matters, the commissioners said the county’s small business grant program received 465 qualified requests. The maximum grant will be $25,000, said Bob Harvie, the board’s vice chairman. The $10.8 million in funding for the grants is part of Bucks’ approximately $110 million in federal CARE Act money.
Harvie said, another 450 to 500 grant applications are being considered for future rounds of funding.
As of June 22, Bucks County had 5,567 confirmed cases of of COVID-19; 3,057 recoveries and 552 deaths.

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