CHEYENNE — In December, Governor Mark Gordon created the Hospitality Loss Relief Program to provide pandemic relief for hospitality businesses and nonprofits whose operations were interrupted by the reduced hours provisions in recent health orders.
Any bar, tavern, restaurant, or hotel deriving its primary income between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am from the on-premises sale and consumption of malt beverages, wine, and/or liquor was eligible for up to $50,000 in assistance.
Through the program, 144 businesses and nonprofits were awarded a total of $1.5 million in funding.
For one small business in Diamondville, these relief dollars made a huge difference. “I’ve been working with my dad, who owns a small business in Nevada, to try to find funding and support similar to what is available in Wyoming,” said Our Place 777 owner Phillip Viviano. “There’s really nothing that compares to what Wyoming has done for small businesses to help us during this difficult time. It is truly incredible.”
The Business Council administered the program with support from the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association, the Wyoming State Liquor Association, and the Wyoming Department of Revenue Liquor Division.