New State Coronavirus Orders from the Governor
Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccine in MA
Effective December 26 through January 24, 2021
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, Massachusetts will implement temporary capacity limits to stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise. Businesses must adhere to the following capacity limitations. The revised limits below supersede existing limits in the Phase 3, Step 1 Sector-Specific Protocols. Except for the specified adjustments to capacity limitations, all other terms of COVID-19 gatherings order (including exceptions) and all sector-specific workplace safety rules remain unchanged. These limits are in effect until January 10, 2021 unless further extended by the Governor.
Revised Capacity Limits
Gatherings (adjusting Order No. 57): 10 persons indoors; 25 persons outdoors; applies to both private homes and event venues and public spaces
Restaurants: 25% of seating capacity
- Workers/staff excluded from occupancy count;
- Applies separately to indoor and outdoor capacity
Close Contact Personal Services: 25% workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Indoor and Outdoor Events: 10 persons indoors; 25 persons outdoors; workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Theaters and Performance Venues (Indoor performance venues remain closed)
- Movie theaters – 25% and maximum 50 people
- Outdoor performance venues – 25% and maximum 25 people
Casinos: 25% MGC to re-issue capacity rules as necessary
Office Spaces: 25%
Places of Worship: 25%; workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Retail Businesses: 25%; workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Driving and Flight Schools: 25%
Golf Facilities: 25%: applies only to indoor spaces
Operators of Lodgings: 25%; applies only to common areas
Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Businesses: 25%
Fitness Centers and Health Clubs: 25%
Museums / Cultural & Historical Facilities / Guided Tours by vehicles and vessels: 25%
Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed: 25%
Common Areas in facilities subject to EEA-issued COVID-19 safety rules: 25%: applies only to indoor spaces and excludes youth and amateur sports facilities
General Provision: Where no licensed or permitted capacity allowance is on record and for any enclosed space within a larger facility, occupancy shall be limited to no more than 5 persons per 1,000 square feet.
Click here for the press release
Concord Together Fund
COVID-19 has drastically impacted hundreds of Concord businesses, who shuttered their storefronts under national and statewide orders to help slow the spread of the virus. The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest announces the availability of grant funds to local businesses. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Visit www.cccommunitychest.org for more information or click here to apply.
Daniel Rodriguez Algarin is willing and available to assist businesses find creative and useful solutions to the problems and challenges they’re encountering due to COVID-19:
– Getting clarity about the new direction the owners (or their business) need to take and figuring out the next steps to go back to prosperity.
– Feeling more at ease during these uncertain times, instead of letting worry and fear to guide their actions and decisions.
– Exploring all the new possibilities for their business brought by this unprecedented situation.
He can be reached via phone/text (978 505 5881).
In late March of 2020, a handful of Concord property and business owners, with support from the leadership of the Concord Chamber of Commerce, began meeting to explore ways of helping the local business survive the Covid-19 pandemic. The group meets weekly and is helping coordinate support and solutions. We appreciate your interest and look forward to your involvement! Click here
TOWN, STATE, AND FEDERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION
Federal Reserve Main Streets Lending Program
The Main Street Lending Program is designed to help credit flow to small- and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interested businesses will work with an eligible lender to determine if they meet the program requirements, which are available online, as well as the lender’s own underwriting standards. The lender will determine whether a business is approved for a loan. The Fed will participate in the lending by purchasing a 95% interest in the loan. The lender retains 5% of the loan.
Business borrowers can view a state-by-state listing of lenders participating in the Main Street Lending Program who are currently accepting applications from new customers by viewing the interactive map.
The loans range in size from $250,000 to $300 million – a wide range that may support a broad set of employers.
SBA EIDL Loans Availability
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal is still open.
SBA PPP Forgiveness Application Released: Click here.
Final MA Reopening Plan: – Click here
Reopening Massachusetts – posters, certifications, and control plan documents:
Retail Checklist Phase 2Town of Concord Face Coverings Order: The Concord Board of Health adopted an order on face coverings that incorporates the Governor’s order and further clarifies its application in town.
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Insurance, which has posted answers to questions employers and employees have been asking about returning to work as they look ahead to reopening.
IRS: has released guidelines saying that otherwise deductible business expenses are not deductible if you use forgivable PPP dollars to pay for them.
Reopening the State – Information from Governor’s Task Force