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Posted on: May 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Additional Reopening Info, May 28th Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Business Poll

  • May 28th Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Join us this Thursday at 9am for our weekly virtual town hall meeting for Brookline businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Hear updates from Town staff and guest panelists, receive answers to your questions in real-time, and share your experience!
  • Business Impact Poll: Help us better serve you! Please take a few minutes to fill out this Business Impact Poll. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve only received 21 responses. We’re committed to updating the Select Board on this Business Impact Poll every week, but we need the business community’s input and feedback to help the Town determine how best to focus its resources and efforts to support Brookline’s small business and nonprofit community during this difficult and unprecedented time.


REOPENING INFO

What Businesses Can Expect in Phase 1 to businesses, as it offers a condensed, one-page summary of key information.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BUSINESSES 

  1. Identify the phase in which your industry or sector is eligible to reopen 
  1. Read the guidance for reopening
  • Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices (if applicable; additional guidance will be made available as we progress through the Phases)
  • Please note that businesses that have been offering essential services and have remained open throughout the COVID-19 outbreak must adhere to the safety standards and create a COVID-19 Control Plan (see below) by May 25th. Businesses with office spaces that have been operating as an essential service have until July 1st to comply with occupancy limits.
  1. Develop a COVID-19 Control Plan
    • You may use the COVID-19 Control Plan template or create your own written plan.
    • All businesses in the Commonwealth must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period.
    • Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premises and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak.
  2. Before reopening, the business must meet the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and attest to compliance
  3. Reopen brick-and-mortar operations safely and in line with guidance
    • These standards will be jointly enforced by local Boards of Health and the state’s Department of Labor Standards (DLS).
    • Businesses play a key role in setting a standard for safe public interactions and in restoring consumer confidence.
    • By adhering to these mandatory standards and best practices, businesses, employees, and customers will ensure Massachusetts is able to progress from Phase 1 to Phase 4, the “New Normal.” It’s all of our responsibility to ensure we move forward, and not backwards, in reopening the Massachusetts economy.

Additional resources: 

  • What Businesses Can Expect in Phase 1, which condenses key detail into a single page
  • The report, Reopening Massachusetts, offers the full framework of the four-phased reopening and provides an overview of the issues underpinning the approach
  • The Reopening: Four-Phase Approach page outlines the phased approach and the key role that public health benchmarks play in reopening
  • The Purchasing Hygienic or Protective Supplies page includes information for employers and employees about supplies needed to return to workplaces, as well as a Vendor Tool to assist businesses in locating and purchasing hygienic and protective supplies
  • Department of Public Health’s Safer-At-Home Advisory gives key guidance for all residents of the Commonwealth, including employers and employees, during Phase 1. Please note, businesses authorized to operate under Phase 1 are not subject to the 10-person limitation on gatherings.
  • Note for retail businesses: retail businesses may engage in curbside pickup sales as of May 25th. Please check the Essential Services FAQ document for current guidance on remote fulfillment. Additional notes on curbside pickup guidance will be available in the coming days.

FORM FOR QUESTIONS ON THE PLAN

If businesses have reviewed the available guidance and have additional questions, they may submit an inquiry form here. Please share this link with businesses in your communities that have questions about reopening in Phase 1.

We’d appreciate if folks would refrain from duplicating forms on a single inquiry/question, as we are working through tremendous volume and aim to be as timely as possible in our replies.


ONE PAGE SUMMARY OF PHASE 1 

Please share What Businesses Can Expect in Phase 1 with your communities, as it condenses key information to a one-pager to guide businesses.


REMINDER ON PANDEMIC EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (PEUC)

Last week, the Administration announced that Massachusetts residents who are eligible for the federal CARES Act and qualify for having exhausted their regular unemployment compensation may receive Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). 

As we’ve shared before, the PEUC program provides up to 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who have exhausted their previous unemployment benefits. Individuals who have exhausted their UI benefits on or after July 6, 2019 may receive PEUC. Visit www.mass.gov/peuc for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

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