The City of Columbia Housing Programs Division opened the application for its recovery loan program Tuesday.

The forgivable loan will aid small local businesses with five or fewer employees that need help funding unexpected costs brought by COVID-19.

Cafe Poland is one of the businesses hoping to benefit from the loan after suffering from fewer sales during the pandemic.

Cafe Poland Manager Robert Burlinski said they’ve seen around 30 percent of the normal amount of sales.

“The weekends are somewhat good. but during regular days there is not much sales, there’s no more people.”

The loan’s funding will be granted as part of the CARES Act. The city hopes the loan will help businesses withstand the negative effects brought by safety adjustments.

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