In order to keep the North Shore Business Community abreast of accurate information and guidance regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus), please review the following updates. We have postponed all upcoming events through Friday, May 1st and will reevaluate this policy as the situation may change.
Monday, March 23rd
Governor shuts down all Non-Essential Businesses in MATo the North Shore Business Community,
Governor Baker has issued an order today requiring all non-essential businesses to close at noon Tuesday, March 24 through noon on Tuesday, April 7. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.
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CORONAVIRUS ADVISORY HUB from OneDigital
Officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the coronavirus is leaving employers reasonably concerned about their businesses and workforce. The OneDigital Coronavirus Advisory Hub is designed to present practical solutions that are actionable, timely and helpful in shaping workforce decision-making. Please click here for The Hub
COVID-19 What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, if Leaders Buy Us Time
Strong coronavirus measures today should only last a few weeks, there shouldn't be a big peak of infections afterwards, and it can all be done for a reasonable cost to society, saving millions of lives along the way. If we don't take these measures, tens of millions will be infected, many will die, along with anybody else that requires intensive care, because the healthcare system will have collapsed. Please click here for More
Friday, March 20th
New England Interactive Map of the number of states' Coronavirus cases reported so far, broken down by county
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There are now 256 confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, up from 218 cases on Tuesday, health officials announced Wednesday.
The cases involve 137 men and 119 women. 27 of the patients have been hospitalized, 151 not hospitalized and 78 are under investigation.
Two are from Barnstable County, 17 are from Berkshire County, five are from Bristol County, 14 from Essex County, one from Franklin County, two from Hampden County, 100 from Middlesex County, 45 from Norfolk County, five from Plymouth County, 51 from Suffolk County, 10 from Worcester County and 4 is unknown, according to the DPH.
Thursday, March 19th
SBA Approves Massachusetts Disaster Declaration
Assistance Will be Provided to Massachusetts Businesses & Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19
The The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available following a request received from Governor Charlie Baker on March 17, 2020.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Massachusetts; and the contiguous counties in neighboring states.
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Baker: Mass. to See 'Enormous Increase' in Coronavirus Testing Within Days
Massachusetts has reported 256 cases of the novel coronavirus so far
Massachusetts will soon see an significant increase in its testing capabilities for the novel coronavirus as the state ramps up efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Baker said Thursday.
"We believe that over the course of the next several days and weeks, there will be an enormous increase in the amount of resting that takes place on a daily basis," Baker said after touring a Quest Diagnostics laboratory in Marlboro where tests are being processed.
Baker said companies including Quest Diagnostic, hospitals and the state laboratory have pivoted to focus on coronavirus testing after the Centers for Disease Control broadened guidelines on who can receive testing.
Massachusetts Restaurant Owners Need Relief Now, and They’re Asking for It
Margins are slim for restaurants in the best of times - and these are hardly the best of times
In Massachusetts, all bars and restaurants have been shuttered for dine-in business until at least April 6. In an industry that operates on razor-thin margins in the best of times - that is, when asses are in seats night after night, and when reservations are difficult to come by - shutting down for even a couple of days can be catastrophic. Local owners are wondering how to weather the storm and are pushing for some form of relief at a legislative level, such as cancellation of the meals tax, and also appealing to landlords and lenders to help out.
Wednesday, March 18th
Suggested Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from OSHA
Please see the following link to New Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from OSHA. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
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Update from Congressman Moulton
Chamber of Commerce Leaders join Wednesday Conference Call with Cong. Moulton
Dear Constituents, Stay informed and prepared!
- Visit the CDC Website, or other reputable sources. There are daily updates.
- Wash your hands with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth, ideally with a tissue or elbow, when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Minimize touching your eyes, nose, and face.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently touched by others.
- If you are not feeling well, stay home from work and get better.
Tuesday, March 17th
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million
Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 will have access to capital assistance
The Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19.
The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has capitalized the fund and will administer it.
"As our administration continues to take steps to protect the health and safety of residents, we recognize the hardships facing the small businesses that create the foundation of the state's economy," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This recovery loan fund is a new resource to help small businesses address emergency needs due to the disruption caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."
How to Apply:
Please complete the application found on MGCC’s website, EmpoweringSmallBusiness.org.
Completed applications can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund”.
MGCC can be reached by email - email@example.com
Loan Fund Details:
- Who Qualifies: Open to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits (negative impact must be verifiable).
- Terms and Conditions: This fund is being offered with no payments due for the first 6 months, then 30-months of principal and interest payments and no prepayment penalties.
- Businesses can apply for loans up to $75,000.
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Monday, March 16th
• The North Shore Business Expo has been rescheduled to Wednesday June 10th, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.
• Chamber members and partners are hosting webinars for employers this week.
- Tuesday, March 17th - 1:00 - 2:00 pm - hosted by Schwartz Hannum P.C. Visit www.shpclaw.com for more info.
- Thursday, March 19th - 12:00 - 1:30 pm - hosted by Associated Industries of Massachusetts (A.I.M.). Visit https://rb.gy/9rcvbq for more info.
• Economic Assistance - The MA Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baker-Polito Administration are working closely with the U.S. SBA to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. Visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance for more info.
Friday, March 13th
COVID-19 Accurate Information Resources
- The best source for accurate information is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has a section dedicated to COVID-19 that includes regularly updated information on:
- the disease: how it spreads, symptoms, treatment, etc.
- the situation: in the U.S. and abroad, how the U.S. is responding, and what may happen next.
- Guidance for businesses and employers. This page includes strategies for employers to use now, and information about planning for a potential U.S. outbreak.
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