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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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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:
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), 508-935-2222
Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), 508-791-9782
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MRTA), 978-345-7711
Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA), LRTA Fixed Route Bus Service 978-452-6161; LRTA Road Runner ADA Paratransit 978-459-0152
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
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
Rapid Response Program: The Rapid Response program, which works closely with companies to avert layoffs and keep a skilled workforce engaged in the existing regional economy or industry; read more about how the Rapid Response Team can help businesses at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/rapid-response-layoff-aversion
Workshare: The WorkShare program, a tool to help employers avoid layoffs during a downturn – read more about WorkShare at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/workshare-information-for-employers
If you’re unemployed in Massachusetts, you may be eligible for resources to help you get back on your feet. Employers can also find information about the contributions they must make by law for their employees. https://www.mass.gov/topics/unemployment
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Virtual Town Halls
Sign up for a town hall presentation on applying for unemployment assistance. https://www.mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-department-of-unemployment-assistance-dua-virtual-town-halls
Guidance and Directives for Businesses & Employers
Updated information regarding unemployment resources can be found here: