North Dakota’s largest city provides COVID-19 relief to bars, restaurants
FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo City Commission voted this week to provide relief to bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis by waiving utility charges and providing rebates on liquor licenses.
The program will eliminate utility fees to qualifying businesses beginning Jan. 1, 2021 and lasting through June. It also provides retroactive license refunds. Those costs will be covered by federal funds that were received for COVID-19 relief.
Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, has about 440 licensed bars and restaurants. The dining and entertainment sectors have been some of the hardest-hit nationwide during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, virus cases across North Dakota have continued to decline dramatically in the month of December. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the rolling average number of daily new cases has decreased by 71% over the last two weeks.
The North Dakota Department of Health reported 94 new positives on Monday, with active cases dropping 145 to 1,878 statewide.
Four deaths were reported, with hospitalizations also increasing by two to 108.