San Francisco Chronicle

Biden touts relief program

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The Biden administra­tion is highlighti­ng early applicatio­ns for a $28.6 billion program for eateries that closed, shifted to takeout or restricted the number of diners to combat the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The White House said Wednesday that 186,200 restaurant­s, bars and other eligible businesses had applied for the program over its first two days of accepting applicatio­ns. More than half of the applicants are owned by women, veterans or people from historical­ly disadvanta­ged background­s. The aid for eateries was part of the Biden administra­tion’s broader $1.9 trillion coronaviru­s relief package.

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