• COVID-19 Resources, Programs and Information COVID-19 Resources, Programs and Information

    Listed below are links to many of the resources available to both businesses and individuals during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    FEDERAL & STATE RESOURCES/PROGRAMS

    Order Clarifying the Progression of the Commonwealth's Phased Workplace Re-opening Plan and Authorizing Certain Re-Opening Preparations at Phase II Workplaces (June 1, 2020)

    Executive Order on Temporary Zoning, Permitting and Licensing Supports from Framingham Mayor Spicer - June 1, 2020)

    Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Advisory (Regarding Local Licensing Authorities Approval of Outdoor Seating - June 1, 2020)

    Reopening Massachusetts ( The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19: May 18, 2020)

    General Business Guidance for Reopening  (Information to help businesses meet the self-certification to reopen)

    • Covid-19 Control Plan Template - Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
    • Compliance Attestation Poster - Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
    • Employer Posters and Worker Posters - Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting

    COVID-19 State of Emergency (Updates, emergency orders, and guidance associated with the COVID-19 State of Emergency.)

    Mass211 (operates the statewide Covid-19 information line for the Massachusetts Energy Management Agency (MEMA) and Department of Public Health (DPH.) Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don't always know where to turn for help. The Solution is to Dial 2-1-1.)

    Federal Reserve Bank's Main Street Lending Program(Federal Reserve has announced that it is establishing a Main Street Lending Program (Program) to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic)

    The Small Business Owner's Guide to the Cares Act 

    Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) : Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
    (This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.) **SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Paycheck Protection Program 
    (An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.)  ** The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.

    SBA Express Bridge Loans
    (Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.)

    SBA Debt Relief
    (The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.

    Mass.gov Coronavirus Updates 
    (COVID-19 Updates and Information): Everything you need to know about COVID-19  in Massachusetts

    LOCAL AND OTHER RESOURCES/PROGRAMS

    Framingham's COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant 
    (The City of Framingham has established the COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant to assist in the stabilization of existing small businesses within the City of Framingham that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. These grant funds will assist small business in the City of Framingham to cover wages, rent, loss of inventory, and other fixed costs.)

    Facebook Small Business Grants Program
    (Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.)

    GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative
    (GoFundMe.org, the charitable and advocacy arm of GoFundMe, started the Small Business Relief Fund to benefit small businesses. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, which will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.)

    LOCAL COVID-19 RELATED SURVEYS

    Natick: COVID-19 Business Assistance Survey (deadline extended until May 15, 2020)

    Framingham: Small Business Recovery Survey

  • Additional Resources Additional Resources

    BEHAVIORAL RESOURCES

    Mindwise Innovations offers Behavioral Health Resources for the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce including Free Business Consultation and COVID-19 Webinars:

    May 7th @1:30PM
    Leading During COVID-19: How Anxiety and Depression Impacts Teams
    In light of the current health crisis, business owners and leaders no longer have the option of not addressing the impact mental health and substance misuse can have on their employees. Learn More >

    May 14th @1:30PM
    Supporting Employees During Times of Job and Financial Insecurity 
    As leaders and business owners, there’s never been a more critical time to communicate with your workforce and support employees with the resources available. Learn More >

    May 21st @1:30PM
    What to Know About Behavioral Health for Remote and On-Site Teams
    There’s no question that mental health and substance misuse concerns are rising. Now more than ever, helping employees to address behavioral health needs is an unavoidable part of the job. Learn More >

    May 28th @1:30PM
    How to Prioritize Psychological Safety and Anti-Stigma Remotely 
    Psychological safety is ultimately what will drive organizations forward, especially in times of high stress and uncertainty like today. Learn More >

  • Ashland Updates Related to COVID-19 Ashland Updates Related to COVID-19

    Order of Ashland Board of Health requiring until lifted by the Board of Health facial coverings by customers of opened essential businesses, and masks by employees, prohibiting all evictions (residential and commercial), prohibiting gatherings, and requiring social distancing: 

    Ashland is first municipality in Massachusetts to require all nursing home and assisted living staff to be tested for COVID-19

    Ashland Restaurant and Resident Relief Program

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