COVID-19 Resource Page

Useful information regarding Covid-19. We believe we are better when we work together.

Local Resources

Town of Hopkinton Resource Page
The Hopkinton Police want to issue a warning of a COVID-19 Scam. More info here. CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.  (508) 497-9785
LOCAL: MetroWest Resources During COVID-19
From SENATE PRESIDENT KAREN E. SPILKA Offices. Lots of local information and resources for individuals and businesses.

Accessing Transit Services: RTA schedules and service levels are subject to change regularly; please contact RTAs directly or visit their websites for the most current information:

For those relying on MBTA commuter rail, or other MBTA commuter rail services, the MBTA is continuously updating changes in service online at this link.

Employers lose confidence; but see Massachusetts recovery outpacing national economy during COVID-19 pandemic.
Manufacturing companies (46.7) were more confident than non-manufacturers (44.8). Medium-sized companies (46.9) were more optimistic than small companies (45.9) or large companies (44.1). Companies in western Massachusetts (46.3) were more upbeat than those in the east (45.3). Full article here.
By Jim Kinney | jkinney@repub.com.  Updated Aug 04, 2020; Posted Aug 04, 2020

State & US Resources

Governor Charlie Baker's latest informational videos

Lawmakers Extending Mass. Paid COVID Leave Program Through Winter

PRESS RELEASE:
Massachusetts has been approved for federal disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Massachusetts; and the contiguous counties in neighboring states. 

UPATES: 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

Click here for more information from SBA for COVID-19

 
Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. More info here.

 

Small Business Administration & Treasury Release Simpler PPP Forgiveness Process for Loans of $50,000 or Less

Gov. Baker Latest Press Release

Massachusetts businesses could benefit from federal loans, grants, tax credits and other resources to survive the economic crisis sparked by COVID-19. Find out more here.
Hopkinton Chamber Resources Page

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Town of Hopkinton Resources Page

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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Ben Bradford, VP of Membership and Economic Development, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council shares information about Massachusetts Bio Ecosystem.

For the business community specifically, the CDC has issued a guide for employers to respond to the virus. Recommendations include: actively encouraging sick employees to stay home, flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member, and respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.

More info here.

EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

For Employers: Recently, Massachusetts Health Council (MHC) and Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) organized a webinar to address general FAQ on COVID-19 for employers. A recording of that webinar is now available online, at this link. Topics addressed on the webinar include:

  • Current knowledge on the epidemiology of COVID-19 including transmission

  • Common clinical manifestations of COVID-19 and risk factors for severe disease and death

  • Analyze available methods for prevention and their potential effectiveness

  • Workplace safety and issues for workforces that travel

  • Telecommuting or remote working

  • Wage and hour issues

  • Discrimination and Harassment

  • WARN Act/Plant closings, and

  • Workers compensation and claims of COVID-19
     

ADDITIONAL LINKS & RESOURCES