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Posted on: May 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Signs of Reopening

Reopening Plan Announced: Just now the Governor announced that services like hair salons and curbside pick-up for retail can begin opening as of May 25. The announcement also permits the immediate reopening of houses of worship, manufacturing, and construction subject to new health and safety requirements. Review the state’s mandatory safety guidelines, which will continue to be built out as more types of businesses are allowed to continue to open.


Storefront Sign Program: In partnership with the Brookline business community, the Town of Brookline has created a coordinated storefront signage program to fill Brookline’s commercial areas with bright, positive messaging and clearly communicate how Brookline businesses are open for business during COVID-19. Storefront signs, which are 18x24 inches and free to Brookline businesses, are now available. Request a sign for your storefront here.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Cleaning Supplies: The state announced today a program especially for small businesses to acquire PPE and related cleaning supplies. This program and resources identified from the Chamber of Commerce, our Health Department, and other businesses are listed on our Planning for Reopening page.


Weekly Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Brookline Businesses and Nonprofits: On this week’s Virtual Town Hall meeting for Businesses & Non-Profits (every Thursday at 9am via Zoom, links below), our colleagues from the Discussion and Q&A with staff and guest panelists, including Pat Maloney, Director of Environmental Health for the Town of Brookline, regarding the state’s Reopening Advisory Board’s Four-Phased Reopening Strategy. This will be our 10th weekly meeting online – please join us Thursday, May 21 at 9am via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88644465341
Your mic will be muted when you join. There is no password for the meeting.

For telephone access: +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 215 212 200


LISC Small Business Relief Grants: Finally, a big thank you to the Chamber for reminding us that businesses have until the morning of May 20th to apply for LISC’s Small Business Relief Grants – ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Priority will be given especially to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

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