Erie businesses received $3 million through Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Relief Program

124 small businesses received necessary aid in 2021

ERIE, Nov. 29 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzaro, D-Erie, said 124 local hospitality businesses in Erie County received support totaling $3 million in 2021 to help them overcome the toughest times of the pandemic.

The funds came from the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Relief Program, a program designed to protect and support the hospitality industry during the pandemic.

“The pandemic had wide-reaching economic effects on the hospitality industry in Erie,” Bizzarro said. “The hospitality industry is essential to our region, and I will always fight for small businesses, so they get the support they need, and our economy remains strong.”

More information about what Bizzarro does for the region is available by visiting More information about the CHIRP program is available on the Department of Community and Economic Development website at