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Phase Two: Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Second Phase of Four-Phase Approach

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that Phase II of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin on June 8th.

Businesses and sectors set to begin opening in Phase II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards. More info here.

Youtube video of Press Conference here

When can my businesses reopen?

Learn more about the reopening process: www.mass.gov/reopening  

VIEW GUIDANCE FOR SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES

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

For Employers: Last week, 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

Local Resources

Five Hopkinton eateries that serve alcohol will be allowed to implement temporary outdoor seating. More here.
Outdoor Seating Information
For restaurants that already have outdoor seating in their licenses and permits and won't be changing anything, they don't need to submit an application to the Town Manager's office.  However, they do need to review their plan with the Health Department for compliance with the State's requirements.  

 

Restaurants with alcohol licenses where there will be changes to existing outdoor seating areas or where new outdoor seating will be created, will have to submit an application and plan showing the changes.

 

A frequently asked question we've heard is what approvals are needed to put up a tent over the dining area.  A tent requires a building permit (application is on the Inspectional Services page of the Town website by clicking on "Downloadable Paper Applications" in the Applications area. And COVID-19 guidelines require that two sides of the tent be open at all times.  Building officials can answer questions about lighting and heaters as well, at 508-497-9745.

Town of Hopkinton Resource Page
HCAM up-to-date 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.

When Massachusetts goes back to work, it won’t be business as usual.
A picture of how working life may change emerges from interviews with more than a dozen CEOs and other executives planning for the day when the state begins easing COVID-19 restrictions. A common theme: Pre-coronavirus routines will give way to post-pandemic trial and error, a possibly shifting set of protocols, as businesses search for a new normal. Complete Article here.
By Larry Edelman, Jon Chesto and Shirley Leung Globe Staff and Globe Columnist,
Updated April 28, 2020
 
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