Merced giving residents $25 to spend at local businesses amid COVID-19

Each household will receive a letter in the mail with a code that can be redeemed for $25 to spend at participating businesses.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The City of Merced is issuing $500,000 worth of virtual gift cards for residents in an effort to support local businesses that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Each household will receive a letter in the mail with a code that can be redeemed for $25 to spend at participating businesses.

Residents will be able to go online to see which businesses are participating in the program, and register for a gift card for their store.

The program was passed by the Merced City Council on Monday and is part of their city COVID-19 Recovery Program.

"These are tough times for our residents and our business community," Merced Mayor Mike Murphy said in a press release. "Anything that we can do to help them out is going to benefit the City in the long-term."

Merced residents should receive their letters within the next 90 days.
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