Business Resources During Coronavirus

March 31st: Governor Charlie Baker announced an extension of the non-essential business emergency order until May 4. The emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 4.

March 23rd: Governor Charlie Baker 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. Furthermore, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited throughout the Commonwealth.

March 18th: Additionally, during an emergency meeting on March 18th, the Malden Board of Health issued an order restricting those types of services where members of the public may gather and/or are in close physical contact with staff and other individuals. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Hairdressers and barbers• Nail salons
• Massage services
• Body Art
• Body Work
• Fitness Centers
• Houses of Worship
This Order does not include childcare facilities licensed by Early Education Care or services provided by a licensed allied health care provider such as, but not limited to, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or retail stores. This afternoon, however, Governor Baker did announce that all education centers and family childcare providers will be closed effective March 23rd.
The Emergency Order also directs that all Malden Housing Authority properties implement procedures issued by the Malden Board of Health to restrict visitation as necessary to protect the health of residents and staff.

March 15th: In light of the infectious nature of COVID-19, Governor Baker has ordered restrictions on gatherings that have impacted the Malden business community. While the detaiils are offered below, please keep in mind that many restaurants are still open for take-out and/or delivery orders so along with purchasing gift certificates, we can still support our local businesses during this difficult time.
Any restaurant, bar or establishment that offers food or drink won’t be allowed to serve food on-premises, effective Tuesday, March 17, and continuing through April 6. Instead, they can offer food for takeout or delivery. They must also follow social distancing protocols outlined in Department of Public Health guidance.
Gatherings of over 25 people will be prohibited, including all community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions and any similar event or activity that brings together 25 or more people in a single room or a single space at the same time. This includes venues like fitness centers, private clubs and theaters.
Law Allowing Restaurant Sales of Beer & Wine To-Go & For Delivery April 3, 2020
Governor's Extension of the Order on Essential Services March 31, 2020
Governor's Order on Essential Services March 23, 2020
Governor's Order on Gatherings March 15, 2020
Governor's Order on Child Care Facilities March 18, 2020
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Essential Service Designation Request Businesses NOT listed as Essential Services”
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The GoFundMe Coronavirus Small Business Relief Initiative Private Sector
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FaceBook Small Business Grants Program Private Sector
The James Beard Food & Beverage Industry Relief Fund Private Sector
JP Morgan Philanthropic Commitment Private Sector
Kiva 0% Loan Program Private Sector
Opportunity Fund Assistance for Small Business Owners Private Sector
Ring Neighborhood Pledge Private Sector
The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Emergency Relief Fund Private Sector
WeFunder Crowdfund Match Program Private Sector
Kangaroo Small Business Initiative Free Security Aid
Seated Restaurant Support Hotline Advice & Legal Opinions
ICSC Coronavirus Information & Resources Recommendations
Commonwealth of Massachusetts  Guidance and Directives
Center for Disease Control  Interim Guide for Businesses
Small Business Association (SBA) Guide to Plan & Respond
Local Boston SBA Office  Local Contact Info
US Dept of Labor  Resources for Various Industries
Attorney General Maura Healey's Office FAQ COVID-19: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations
OSHA: Protecting Workers During a Pandemic Fact Sheet on Prevention
Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Info & Application
Mass.Gov Unemployment Assistance Step-by-step guides
Internal Revenue Services Coronavirus Tax Relief
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