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12/21/2020 – From WBOC.com – Click here for the full article

DOVER, De. – A new round of stimulus checks and aid for small businesses could be on the way.

The United States has been in the thick of the pandemic for over 8 months. While restrictions for businesses have been fluid here in Delaware, it has not been easy this year. Lori Llewellyn, owner of My Roots in downtown Dover, says more relief for small businesses will be helpful in the new year. 

“I think it’s awesome. I think it’s great, we’ve taken advantage of some of the small business grants and loans that have been available to us thus far. It’s the holiday season, people are shopping right now but we don’t know what to expect after the holiday is over, so it’s really exciting that there’s a possibility of having more grants or loans available to us,” explained Llewellyn.

Businesses are not the only ones to benefit. Individuals who make less than 75,000 dollars a year are expected to receive $600. Married couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $1,200.

Still, some say it’s not enough.

“Well, it’s a start… but I think when Joe Biden gets in there, we might get a little more, hopefully,” said Louis Marsico of Dover.

“It’s truly never going to be enough. because a lot of people lost their jobs and are behind on a lot of their bills. For the most part, if they start spending wisely and stretch it, and then hopefully things pick up for the economy, we’ll do a whole lot better,” added Steve Charles, also of Dover.

Now, all eyes are on Congress to pass the legislation before Christmas. Lawmakers are expected to vote late Monday on the bill, which was over 5,000 pages and not delivered to congressional members until Monday afternoon.

No word yet on when the stimulus money or aid for small business will hit bank accounts.

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