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Posted on: May 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] June 1st parking enforcement; Outdoor Customer Spaces; Phase Two Guidance; Free Chamber Events

Managing Parking 

Aligned with requests from some of our businesses, the Town will be resuming parking enforcement on June 1st, including limiting the amount of time cars are parked at delivery-only parking spaces to 15 minutes – this keeps those spaces free for those that need it, when they need it. Customers that are in their car while live loading do not need to pay the meter. The Select Board this past Tuesday also asked that a warning be issued prior to ticketing, so please don’t panic – but do let your employees and customers know ahead of time that enforcement is resuming on June 1st. You can request a “delivery only” parking sign if there is not already one near your business by emailing Meredith Mooney at [email protected].

Reopening packets & local supplies: 

You may see in coming days Town officials dropping of reopening packages for your ease of use – no review or approvals are required prior to your business reopening. These packages include the state required materials and state-provided resources to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies. Additionally, some of our local businesses are offering supplies; please email Kara Brewton at [email protected] if you are not yet listed on this page or if you have an additional resource to suggest.

If you are unsure how your business is defined, you can ask the state by submitting an inquiry form here. The state will also continue to add and clarify which businesses are in each Phased opening online – today I heard a question about how to classify a statewide fishing tournament!

As your business continues to adapt to different modes of operating, please remember that you can request a free #ShopBrookline sign.

Outdoor Customer Spaces 

Our Transportation Division and Economic Development Division are working with members of our business community on specific proposals for future customer outdoor spaces – for all of our businesses. Please email Kara Brewton with any specific location ideas, and we will follow up with you by phone to further develop and brainstorm potential configurations. We are particularly interested in identifying spaces that could be used by multiple businesses throughout the day/week and that preserve the expanded pedestrian zone areas currently in place.

Our goal of this exploratory phase is to gather a sample of different proposed configurations on public and private property so that we can work with Health, Building, and Licensing officials – as well as business organizations - to make recommendations to our Select Board.

As you have seen in stories across the nation, local communities are working hard to be nimble, flexible, and clear about guidance and streamlined processes to help our businesses reopen while keeping members of the public and your employees as safe as possible. Thank you for helping us to identify potential specific solutions that will work for everyone!


Phase TWO

The Governor will determine and announce the Phase Two Reopening start date on June 6th. The state has already announced that outdoor seating will be allowed prior to indoor restaurant seating within Phase Two. To help businesses prepare for Phase Two, the state issued additional guidance for restaurants and the lodging industry today; retail guidance will be issued on Monday. We are thankful that our Director of Environmental Health, Pat Maloney, will be joining us again this coming Thursday at 9 am at our weekly Virtual Town Hall Meeting to answer any questions you might have. You can also call in by phone: +1 312 626 6799; webinar ID: 886 4446 5341. At yesterday’s meeting, Caitlin Starr, Brookline’s Assistant Director of our Diversity Office, gave us some clear guidance on asking customers to wear masks when they might have health conditions.

Brookline Business Impact Poll

Thank you to those that responded to the Brookline Business Impact Poll! Of this email list to 610 businesses, we have heard so far from 28 of you. Answering polls is clearly the last thing our businesses want to do right now; we understand. However, the Town Administrator and Select Board will be making important decisions in the coming weeks that will affect our business community, including outdoor customer spaces. When we are able to quantify the impact that COVID-19 has had on our businesses, it will help our various Departments and elected officials understand how urgent the Town’s actions and decisions are needed, while we balance public health and community-wide factors. There are also plenty of spaces in this poll to write a quick note so we can all better understand the personal nature of these impacts and your individual needs. Please help the business community as a whole by taking a couple minutes for this poll, if you haven’t already:

Upcoming Free Brookline Chamber of Commerce Events

Like your business, the Brookline Chamber of Commerce is also under significant financial strain right now. Nonetheless, they are continuing to offer all their webinars and virtual services free to all Brookline businesses right now. Some especially useful and timely virtual events are on their calendar, including how to make your website ADA compliant, Q&A with two of our State Representatives, and a monthly check-in space exclusively for businesses.

This and other information continues to be updated on our website. If you are new to this Business News Flash email list, you can read older Business Blast emails on this page. You can also forward this email to your colleagues so they can sign up themselves for future emails.

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