Over the weekend, Governor Baker announced that Massachusetts will press pause on the implementation of Step 2 of Phase 3 of his reopening plan, among other initiatives, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Details of the update can be found outlined in the press release here. Key components have been highlighted below:
Group Gatherings Update
Effective today, outdoor gatherings must reduce their capacity from 100 to 50 individuals, per the Executive Order from the administration. Indoor gatherings will continue to be limited at 25 people. Please note, this will now apply to both public and private spaces. Read the revised Executive Order for more details.
Step 2 of Phase 3 Postponed
Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan has been postponed indefinitely as a result of rising COVID-19 cases across the state. Events hosted at indoor theaters and concerts, among others will be affected. Please see the Order Authorizing the Reopening of Phase III Enterprises for a list of businesses in Phase 3, Step 2.
Restaurant/Bar Protocol Update
According to the updated restaurant protocols, alcoholic beverages may only be served for on-site consumption if accompanied by orders for food prepared on-site.
Cross-Agency COVID Enforcement and Intervention Team
The Administration unveiled a targeted cross-agency COVID Enforcement and Intervention Team that will lead enforcement statewide and coordinate with local intervention efforts in higher risk COVID-19 communities. For more information, please see the press release.
Small Business Updates & Resources
• Last week, the SBA released a PPP Forgiveness FAQ to support borrowers seeking loan forgiveness.
• The SBA also released its Small Business Resource Guide, full of tools and resources to help businesses with everyday operations and COVID-19 related support.
• SCORE, MSBDC, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and many others are available to assist with virtual counseling and workshops to support your small business; find an SBA Resource Partner here.
To apply for an outdoor dining permit, click here.
For information on a free masks (must be New Bedford resident), click here.
To view additional sector-specific updates and details of the Governor’s reopening plan, click here.
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.