COVID-19 Resource Page

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

Local Resources

Outdoor Seating Information
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.

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

Watch Governor Charlie Baker announcing a new set of initiatives aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Phase Three: Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Third Phase of Four-Phase Approach

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

 
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
     

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