COVID-19 Resource Page

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

Governor's Emergency Order: Governor Baker has issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely. A complete listing of "COVID-19 Essential Services" can be found online at this link.   

 

If the function of your business or organization is not listed in the guidance linked above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business at this link.

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. 

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

The Hopkinton Police want to issue a warning of a COVID-19 Scam where individuals are going door to door claiming to test people for the virus. It is reported they are driving a white van and wearing Hazmat suits. While inside the houses taking fake vitals they are stealing items out in the open. Please be aware there are no organizations going door to door testing people. If you see these individuals please CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY. 
(508) 497-9785  More info here.
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: During this crisis, many essential workers will continue to rely on public transportation services to access vital places of work. Our Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) are working very hard to provide needed services, against a rapidly changing backdrop of evolving information and needs. 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.

 
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