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City of Richmond distributing 200 donated outdoor heaters to restaurants, other small businesses

Eligible small businesses in the City of Richmond can register online to receive one or two outdoor heat lamps to warm their outdoor seating areas over the winter.

Trevor Dickerson



Mayor Stoney announced Thursday that the City has opened the online registration for eligible small businesses in the City to receive an outdoor heat lamp.  The City’s Department of Economic Development and the Provisional Policy Advisor for Restaurants and Small Business are coordinating the distribution of the outdoor heat lamps donated by Evergreen Enterprises. The online registration process is designed to verify the eligibility of small businesses to receive an outdoor heat lamp.

Eligible small businesses in the City of Richmond can register online to receive an outdoor heat lamp at Applications will be accepted beginning on Thursday, January 28, 2021, through Monday, February 1, 2021, at 12:00pm EST.  Approved businesses will be notified via email or telephone with instructions to pick up their outdoor heat lamp(s).

“The donation of these outdoor heat lamps could not have come at a better time. For many small businesses, this tool will be what gets them through our coldest months,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “We are so thankful to Evergreen for their generosity, and are excited to get these heaters in the hands of those who need them most.”

Eligible small businesses must be currently open for business, sell prepared meals and/or beverages, or provide take-out prepared meals and/or beverages, and operate in a commercial building. Eligible businesses must also have a permanent approved outdoor dining/patio space, a temporary approved outdoor dining/patio space, an active application to get approval for an outdoor dining/patio space, or an outdoor waiting area for customers.

Businesses that have up to six outdoor seats and/or an outdoor customer pick-up area will be eligible to receive one outdoor heat lamp. Businesses that have seven or more outdoor seats will be eligible to receive two outdoor heat lamps.

“Throughout the last year, we’ve seen businesses fight back against the burden of the pandemic by getting creative and being flexible,” said Policy Advisor and distribution coordinator Jason Alley. “We hope that the donated heat lamps will allow businesses to continue that fight by offering patrons a safer way to support their business.”

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.